The Life Of A Soap Star: Hollyoaks’ Jessica Forrest Reveals All

Hollyoaks' actress Jessica Forrest
Hollyoaks' actress Jessica Forrest

As the UK’s leading nationwide talent agency, we welcome talent in all forms – from models and singers, to musicians and even soap actors.

That’s why we were interested in what Hollyoaks’ Jessica Forrest, who plays sassy character Leanne Holiday, had to say about the life of a soap star. Read on to help decide whether this line of work would suit you…

How would you describe the character you play?
Fun, light-hearted, barmy!

Are you anything like her in real life?
A little bit. Although, unlike Leanne I think before I speak.

How long have you been in Hollyoaks?
Just over 2 years.

What’s been your favourite scene to shoot in Hollyoaks?
Leanne and Lee’s wedding.

And your worst?
Any in my underwear.

What would be your ideal storyline for your character?
I think she should crack up and be sectioned.

Who is the hottest cast member?
Jeff Rawle, who played Silas.

Have you ever given anyone a Hollyoaks calendar as a present?
I actually don’t think I have… that’s a good idea though!

Do you ever use your job to jump queues for bars, clubs etc?
Only when I’m drunk – sorry!

Do you ever get sent any weird fan mail?
Yeah, I like fan mail when people have drawn pictures.

Who’s your best mate in the cast?
I’ve got a few! Bianca Hendrickse-Spendlove (Texas), Anna Shaffer (Ruby), Andy Moss (Rhys) and PJ Brennan (Doug).

Who’s the worst in the cast for inappropriate laughter?
I’m probably one!

Who’s the worst for forgetting lines?
That would be telling!

What’s the best thing about being in Hollyoaks?
Everyone’s young, fun and up for a laugh – suppose they’re all quite hot too!

What’s the worst?
Being recognised in places you don’t want to be – like when you’re hungover or shopping in Primark!