Hollyoaks star Karen Hassan has revealed that before joining the soap she had a teenage crush on the show’s longest serving star, Nick Pickard (Tony Hutchinson).

The actress, who plays Lynsey Nolan – the nemesis of serial killer Silas Blissett – made the confession in an interview with Inside Soap magazine.

“I used to have a thing for Nick Pickard. He doesn’t know, but when I would watch Hollyoaks in my teens, I had such a crush on him,” she said.

“He’s so lovely – he’s such a laugh-and-a-half to work with,” she added.

Karen – who has been in the Channel 4 soap since November 2008 – added that she is not sure what is happening with her Hollyoaks future.

“I’d like to stay, but my contract is up this month, so I’m waiting to see what happens then. We all have such a good craic,” she said.

However she confessed that she has other ambitions – such as showing off her head for business with Lord Alan Sugar.

“I’d like to be Lord Sugar’s next Apprentice! I watch every series of The Apprentice and think ‘I’d be quite good at that!’ I’ve got a pretty good business brain,” she added.