Hollyoaks was created by renowned television producer, Phil Redmond in 1995. Following in the footsteps of Brookside and Grange Hill, it follows the daily lives of young adults in the fictional village of Hollyoaks, just outside Chester. The programme is currently executive produced by Bryan Kirkwood.
Lime marks the first paid work I've undertook in TV and continues to be my place of work now. I'm extremely fortunate to work with such an amazing team of people, some of which have worked on Hollyoaks since its inception.
WHEN WERE YOU THERE?
I still am! I started in August 2018 and haven't stopped since.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I'm a Third Assistant Director and Runner (the roles are merged in this setting). As a Third A.D., I work closely with the A.D. team, production staff (managers/secretaries) and other departments including costume and make-up to ensure that the filming day goes as smoothly as possible. It can range from chaperoning talent, working with underage artistes, getting background ready, communicating between departments and also locking-off sets during filming. Recently, I've moved up the ladder to Second Assistant Director and Coronavirus Marshal.
It's also about looking after people and sometimes that means making the director a cuppa. A very important ingredient in getting through the long filming days. Sometimes, these skills are put to use on location. I've been to a church, a bar and posh wedding venue on the Wirral!
YOU GOT YOUR FIRST CREDIT AT HOLLYOAKS?
I did! Such an occasion for anyone working in telly! It happened on Sunday 5 April, 2020 on a filming block directed by Sean Healy.