Hollyoaks John Pickard is unrecognisable 11 years after quitting soap as Dom

FORMER Hollyoaks star John Pickard looks completely different 11 years after quitting the soap.

The actor was spotted alongside his brother and fellow Hollyoaks star, Nick Pickard, soap legend Will Mellor who currently stars in Coronation Street as Harvey Gaskell.


John Pickard (L) looks unrecognisable from his Hollyoaks days as he poses with former co-stars, Nick Pickard (R) and Will Mellor
John pictured in 2006


John pictured in 2006Credit: Getty

The trio enjoyed a rare catch-up and were all smiles for the camera.

Will posted the happy photo to his Instagram and captioned it: “So good to see these boys tonight! Time goes by but when you get together it means so much!!”

John looked unrecognisable from his days playing Dom Reilly for five years until 2010.

He left the soap but returned to Hollyoaks Later for three seasons and also appeared as an actor in shows such as, Screen Two, Grange Hill, EastEnders, 2point4 Children, The Bill, Mile High, Casualty and Birds of a Feather.

Since then, John’s turned his hand to producing and direct content and setup an independent production company called Wild Street.

The all-rounder lives in London with his partner and the pair welcomed a child in 2019, John’s first at the age of 42.

While he also teaches at Goldsmiths University in south east London, John hopes to one day be back in front of the camera again at some point.

“Fortunate enough to work on the front line on some of high volume serial dramas I hope to be a part of again one day,” he wrote on his Vimeo page.

John’s brother Nick would be more recognisable to fans as Tony Hutchinson.

Nick joined the soap in its first episode in 1995 and that makes him the show’s longest running actor.

Their dinner companion, Will, also got his showbiz start on Hollyoaks and this year joined Corrie as the criminal drug dealer, Harvey.

The 44-year-old praised the show for kick-starting his career, but devastated fans by confirming he won’t be coming back.

“Hollyoaks started my career, so how could I not be a fan?” he told ITV’s Lorraine, presented by Christine Bleakley in 2020.

“I have a lot to thank Hollyoaks for where I am now and the shows I’ve done.”

Will then paid tribute to his former co-star and friend Nick Pickard who still plays Tony Hutchinson in the Channel 4 soap.


“He’s the only one still in it since we started when I was 19,” said Will.

“There’s an anniversary coming, sadly I won’t be returning, but I have a lot to thank that show for.

“Happy anniversary, Hollyoaks, for when it comes around.”

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Will joined Hollyoaks in 1995 as an original cast member starring as James Bolton – nicknamed Jambo.

He left three years later and enjoyed roles in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps as Gaz Wilkinson, DC Spike Tanner in No Offence and Broadchurch’s Steve Connolly.

The former actor has switched his hand to producing and directing content


The former actor has switched his hand to producing and directing contentCredit: Alamy
Although he has admitted he'd be keen to get back to acting one day


Although he has admitted he’d be keen to get back to acting one dayCredit: Instagram
Hollyoaks Later trailer starring Danny Dyer, Jeremy Edwards and Nick Pickard

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