Brookside legend Michael Starke officially returning to Hollyoaks after guest appearance

BROOKSIDE legend Michael Starke is returning to Hollyoaks after his brief stint in the soap last month.

Back in May The Sun Online revealed that the veteran actor, 63, landed himself a role on the Channel 4 show for two episodes as a cab driver.

Michael is most well-known for playing Thomas 'Sinbad' Sweeney in the Merseyside soap, as well as his year-long stint on Corrie as kebab shop owner Jerry Morton.

On June 3 2021 the star returned to our screens once again as a cabbie to escort Darren Osborne and Nancy Fox on their romantic date.

He certainly made a lasting impression as it's been reported that his alter-ego is returning to Hollyoaks village for more episodes in weeks to come.

According to the Metro newsletter his next stint on the soap will be "just as eventful" and there is a "possibility that the character may become recurring as a beloved comedy character".

Michael, who played the window cleaner in Brookside from 1984 to 2000, is beyond excited about his return as it could lead on to bigger and things on the programme.

During a previous chat with the publication, Michael confessed: "That was the good thing about Brookside, it was just round the corner.

"That's how Sinbad started out, he was just a recurring character but gradually he became more central and I ended up staying 16 years!"

Michael's character Sinbad was involved in a range of shocking storylines over the years.

Some include him being left partially deaf after being attacked by a gang of racists, and also being accused of abusing a young boy called Andrew who he met at a deaf school.

Although the loveable rogue was found not guilty, he decided to leave the close to help him move on from the damaging claims.

After leaving Brookside Michael appeared in a number of pantomimes including Cinderella and Aladdin.

Then in 2007 he landed a role in ITV's Coronation Street as single dad Jerry Morton.

Jerry and the rest of his family left the Cobbles a year later.

Since then Michael has appeared in a number of West End musicals such as Hairspray and Sister Act the musical.

He returned to soapland in 2014 after appearing in Doctors.

Michael has also appeared in Benidorm, Casualty and The Virtues.

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