The former husband of Coronation Street star Kym Marsh moved to America in 2012 to try and launch a career. He headed back to the UK a year later and signed on to play Jake Stone in EastEnders.
Jamie opened up about his stateside ambitions in an exclusive interview and photoshoot with Hello! magazine.
Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas (Hello!)
“Los Angeles is a massive draw for me,” the 40-year-old said. “Acting is something that drives me and I won’t stop until I achieve my goals. Hollywood might not be every actor’s dream, but it certainly is mine.”
In March, Hollyoaks announced that Bury-born Jamie would be reprising the role of bad boy Warren Fox.
The character was last seen in the Chester-set soap in 2011. Jamie confirmed his revival of the villain fans love to hate in a trailer which teased upcoming storylines.
A soaped-up Warren can be seen grinning at the camera before asking: “Did you miss me?”
This was a nod to successful 1980s US soap Dallas, which killed off popular character Bobby Ewing (played by Patrick Duffy) only to bring him back a year later. Bobby’s first scene took place in a shower, with the previous season explained away as a dream.
During his Hello! interview, in which he poses with daughter Polly, Jamie revealed he has taken up meditation and chanting.
Jamie Lomas (Ian West/PA)
“I’ve learnt a lot about myself going over to LA and being there alone,” he said.
The actor was introduced to it by James DR Hickox, director of his most recent film The Importance Of Being Andy.
“I am very spiritual and learnt about chanting and meditation. Meditation does completely change you. It helped relieve me of a lot of stress and angst and made me calmer. I used to be stressed all the time and that doesn’t get you anywhere in life,” he admitted.
Jamie Lomas and Kym Marsh in 2009 (Ian West/PA)
“Everyone has got a story and everybody is going through their own turmoil and challenges. I feel that over the past few years I have a better way of thinking and have started to become a better person.”
Jamie has a son named Billy with his former girlfriend Haley Lever.
His relationship with ex-wife Marsh produced a son, Archie Jay, in 2009, but the baby died moments after being born. Their daughter Polly was born in 2011, and the couple were married a year later, although they divorced in 2014.
Jamie Lomas and Kym Marsh in 2011 (Ian West/PA)
“My life has changed a lot since I was last in Hollyoaks,” Jamie said.
“I am going back in a completely different mindset, older and wiser. My priorities have changed. I want to be a great dad – that is my purpose in life.”
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