Mandatory Credit: Photo by Piers Allardyce/REX/Shutterstock (8810884bq) Joe McGann 'We Still Steal The Old Way' film screening, London, UK - 12 Apr 2017

90s sitcom icon signed as Hollyoaks’ legend Tony Hutchinson’s dad

Viewers will recognise him from The Upper Hand

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Star of 80s sitcom The Upper Hand, Joe McGann, has joined Hollyoaks.

The 60-year-old actor will take on the role of Tony Hutchinson’s (Nick Pickard) estranged father, surgeon Edward Hutchinson, later this year, and the former Casualty star cannot wait to appear in the Channel 4 soap.

Hollyoaks Tony Hutchinson Credit: Channel 4/ YouTube)
We’re going to meet Tony’s dad (Credit: Channel 4/Lime Pictures/YouTube)

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He said: “I’m so looking forward to joining the cast of Hollyoaks. It’s such a great team on both sides of the camera, and I hope to fit in.

“My mum is really proud to have a surgeon in the family.”

Joe will appear on screen in the autumn, and Hollyoaks executive producer Bryan Kirkwood is “thrilled” to have the former Night and Day actor on-board to bring the “huge character” to life.

Tony's been on the soap since it started (Credit: Lime Pictures)
Tony’s been on the soap since it started (Credit: Channel 4/Lime Pictures)

He said: “Tony Hutchinson, played by the hugely talented Nick Pickard, has been at the heart of Hollyoaks since it began.

“He is estranged from his father and we felt that as we approach Hollyoaks’ 25th anniversary next year it is time to learn more about our biggest character.

“Kind-hearted, sensitive, loveable Tony has in recent years has overcome every parent’s worst nightmare, a critically unwell child.

“He is now happily settled into married life with Diane – in fact he’s never needed a father figure less.

Hollyoaks Diane and Tony Credit: Channel 4/Lime Pictures/YouTube)
Diane and Tony are pretty happy right now (Credit: Channel 4/Lime Pictures/YouTube)

“But in autumn events will bring Edward Hutchinson to Hollyoaks village and we can’t wait to see the phenomenal Joe McGann bring this huge character to life.

“I’m thrilled to welcome him to the cast.”

Joe has three younger brothers who are also actors, Paul, Mark and Stephen McGann.

Stephen is no stranger to Soapland, having appeared as Sean Reynolds in Emmerdale from 1999 to 2002, David Hargreaves in Brookside in 1985, and in 2006 he starred as Bernard Stephenson in Doctors.

Kellie Bright Joe McGann The Upper Hand
Kellie Bright and Joe McGann are old soap friends (Credit: ITV/YouTube)

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Joe starred as housekeeper Charlie Burrows in ITV sitcom The Upper Hand from 1990 to 1996.

His on-screen daughter was played by EastEnders star Kellie Bright, who plays Queen Vic landlady Linda Carter.

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 and 7pm on E4.

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