Hollyoaks star Nick Pickard defends Stephanie Davis's return: "She's more grounded now"

Hollyoaks star Nick Pickard is backing Stephanie Davis’s return to the show, insisting that the actress is “more grounded now”.

Stephanie, best known to soap fans for her role as feisty Sinead O’Connor, had her contract terminated with immediate effect in summer 2015 and was written out without a proper exit.

However, Hollyoaks surprised fans earlier this year by revealing that Sinead would be coming back – with her return scenes due to coincide with the show’s big autumn stunt next week.

Show boss Bryan Kirkwood recently defended his decision to bring Stephanie back, while Nick – who plays Sinead’s stepdad Tony Hutchinson – has also shared that he couldn’t be happier about the news.

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Discussing Stephanie’s return, Nick said to Inside Soap: “I really missed her. She’s great to work with – she’s a good laugh and having her on set is great fun.

“She’s not changed in that sense, but I think she’s a bit more grounded now – she’s had a baby and that makes a lot of difference.

“I don’t think there is anyone in life who hasn’t made a few mistakes when they’ve been younger and it’s nice that our guv’nor [Bryan Kirkwood] has given her an opportunity to come back – and I think she is very grateful.”

A shock storyline back in 2014 saw Tony and Sinead embark on a forbidden affair behind Diane’s back, but fans may be pleased to know that this won’t be reigniting upon her return.

Nick said: “She’s still his flipping stepdaughter, so it was very naughty! But I am so long in the tooth now that I’m not really surprised by what the bosses throw my way. I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the pitch meetings they have!

“But no, I don’t think Tony and Sinead will be doing that again. It’ll definitely be over between Tony and Diane if they do.”

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

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