Ross plays colourful Scott Drinkwell, who came into the Channel 4 soap as Sinead O’Connor’s cousin, but lately has been primarily involved in an on-off relationship with John Paul McQueen.
Ross told What’s on TV: “I kind of knew what to expect because I used to script edit and storyline [soaps]. I storylined Emmerdale and I script-edited Emmerdale for a while, so I kind of knew how punishing… I knew what I was letting myself in for.”
Ross revealed that he turned to writing after his acting career hit a dead end. “I was acting from 21-27, but when I got to 27 things dried up and I wanted to get a mortgage and all of that, so I became a storyliner.”
But his start on Hollyoaks was troubled. “It was really difficult at first because Scott was a bit of a Marmite character and a lot of people didn’t warm to him initially. More so now that he’s found happiness with John Paul and he’s kind of chilled out a bit. I feel the audience are warming to them, which is lovely for me, because it’s not very nice when you’re reading awful tweets. It’s good now, I’m happy now.”
*Ross was nominated for Best Comedy Performance at the recent British Soap Awards, which was won by Corrie’s Patti Clare