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Hollyoaks star Chris Simmons says fans always ask him when The Bill will be back

He recently joined Hollyoaks as far-right extremist Stuart Sumner

Chris Simmons is constantly asked when The Bill will be making a comeback.

The Hollyoaks actor - who is still best remembered for playing the role of DC Mickey Webb in the hit ITV show from 1998 until the program ended in 2010 - says people always recognise him for the role and still hold out hope that the police drama could return.

Chris told Inside Soap magazine: "I do get it quite a bit, people saying to me, 'When are they going to bring back The Bill?' I forget that there are repeats on TV all the time.

The actor played DC Mickey Webb in The Bill (Credit: ITV)

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"People still watch it, and they tell me stories I was involved with in the early 2000s.

"I'm just thinking, 'I can't remember that. It was a long time ago.'"

The 44-year-old star - who has also starred in Casualty - recently joined Hollyoaks as far-right extremist Stuart Sumner, and says he was drawn to the role because he wanted to play someone who was "mysterious" and "dark".

He said: "I actually first heard about him from someone that I worked with on The Bill years back, and I thought he sounded like an amazing character to play.

I do get it quite a bit, people saying to me, 'When are they going to bring back The Bill?' I forget that there are repeats on TV all the time

Chris with Hollyoaks co-star Ray Quinn (Credit: Twitter/@chrissimmons38)

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"Then, when I got sent the breakdown and some scenes to read, it was just really mouth-watering.

"He's dark, mysterious, charming - he has the gift of the gab and could blag anything."

The TV star is hopeful the storyline - which also features Jonny Baxter (Ray Quinn) and Sami Maalik (Rishi Nair) - will open people's eyes up to how much racism is prevalent in the UK.

When asked what he hoped viewers would learn from the plot, he said: "Just that this is something that's happening all around - it can be happening next door without you ever realising.

He recently joined Hollyoaks as far-right extremist Stuart Sumner (Credit: Channel 4)

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"Hollyoaks is really good at starting conversations about things like this.

"When they take on this kind of story, they really take it on - they do their homework and take their time.

"There's a long story arc with this plot."

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