Hollyoaks star James Atherton has said that the cast of the hit Channel 4 soap with be sad to see Dublin-born actor Emmett Scanlan departing the show.

Scanlan, who has played Brendan Brady since 2010, is set to leave Chester in March.

Speaking to PA, Atherton, who plays Will Savage said: "Emmett's a brilliant actor and he's been great to have on the show. I share a dressing room with him and he's brilliant craic as well.

"I think the cast will miss him, absolutely, he's such a huge character. It'll be great at the same time. Him leaving will allow other storylines to come through, other families and that kind of thing.

"The Savage family I think will have quite a lot to do. The show will still be as strong but he will be hugely missed, without a doubt."

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.