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Zara Morgan star Kelly Condron of Hollyoaks announces soap return after 16 years

16 years after her last appearance, Kelly Condron is back at Hollyoaks to reprise her role as Zara Morgan, who left the soap in 2005 after first joining in 1999.

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39-year-old Kelly Condron made her first appearance in 1999 and built a good onscreen appearance before she left Chester village in 2005 to work for a charity in Thailand.

Fans were excited when it was announced earlier this week that Zara, the sister of Luke Morgan (Gary Lucy), would be reprised at Hollyoaks with her debut teased in the soap’s summer trailer.

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In the plot, Eco-warrior Zara will return to the Chester village to attend the interment of her mother Sue after learning about the funeral service on social media where she will reconnect with brother Luke.

Kelly has discussed her reprisal of Zara and admitted that she even kept it confidential from her children ahead of the public reveal.

Speaking to Daily Star before the announcement, the actress said: “My children don’t even know. You can’t tell a 10-year-old something and ask him to keep it a secret that’s just cruel.

“It’s going to be quite funny when he finds out. He’s either going to think it’s the coolest thing in the world and I’ll be the cool mum for the week or he’s just not going to be bothered.

“I’ve been coaching 14 to 18-year-olds so I’m sure they’ll have something to say when they see I’m going back to Hollyoaks.”

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While she told Digital Spy of her return: “It’s brilliant and I’m having an absolute ball. It’s fantastic to be back on set. A lot of the crew are still the same and some of the old cast members are still there too.

“It was during lockdown that I got a call to say that they were thinking about this and they asked if I’d be interested. I have been asked to come back to Hollyoaks before, but it’s never quite worked out because it’s never been the right time for me.

It was announced earlier this week that Zara, the sister of Luke Morgan, would be returning.
“The show’s new producer Lucy Allan had just come onboard and there was a new team, with some really exciting storylines planned. When I found out all of that information, it wasn’t something that I could turn down, to be quite honest.”

Earlier this week, Hollyoaks disclosed that Kelly would be returning to the soap as Zara Morgan via their official Instagram.

While publishing images of the actress in character, the soap wrote: “CAST ANNOUNCEMENT Look who’s back! It’s only @kellycondronvoiceover aka THE Zara Morgan!

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