Hollyoaks confirmed earlier this year that Russ Owen, played by Stuart Manning, is returning to the Channel 4 soap almost a decade after he was last seen in the village.
Russ first appeared on the show in 2004 with his family, including brother Sam and sister Nicole, and after studying at Hollyoaks High School, Russ later became a teacher and was involved in many storylines including battling testicular cancer, falling in love with Sophie Barton and having an affair with Mercedes McQueen, who he later married.
Mercedes, played by Jennifer Metcalfe, then had an affair with Warren Fox, played by Jamie Lomas, causing their relationship to break down, while Russ went on to have a child with Tina McQueen, Mercedes’ sister, who later died in an explosion in a church.
Following Tina’s death, Russ decided to kidnap his son Max from Jacqui McQueen’s care and flee the Hollyoaks village, which is when viewers last saw him.
Fans are eagerly awaiting Russ and Stuart’s return to the soap but when will he be back? And what will his storyline involve?
Here’s everything we know so far about Russ Owen’s Hollyoaks comeback…
When is Russ Owen returning to Hollyoaks?
An exact date is yet to be confirmed for Russ’ big comeback but Stuart has already filmed his scenes in Spain, with his return set to air on Channel 4 over the summer.
Speaking about his return, Stuart said: “After a decade away from Hollyoaks it felt like the right time to come back and particularly when the show is on such a high.
“It will be really interesting for me to explore how the character of Russ has evolved and to return as a different actor to who I was back then.”
What will Russ Owen’s Hollyoaks return storyline be?
Though plot details are being kept under wraps, Hollyoaks have teased that fans will see Russ and Mercedes reunite, with Jennifer Metcalfe also filming her first scenes since giving birth to baby son Daye last year.
The pair were spotted alongside their co-star Chelsea Healey filming scenes in Magaluf, Spain, earlier this year, suggesting the characters could be set for an explosive reunion.
Russ was then seen back causing trouble with Mercedes and the McQueen gang in a new Hollyoaks summer trailer, though how he and Jennifer’s character have got back in touch, and what they’ve been up to, is yet to be revealed.
Who is Russ Owen actor Stuart Manning?
Stuart Manning is a 39 year old actor who’s best known for his role as Russ Owen on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.
After leaving his role as Russ, Stuart appeared on the 2009 series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, finishing in fifth place on the show.
He’s since appeared in show’s like Doctors, The Dumping Ground and Casualty, as well as starring in school drama series Ackley Bridge.
Hollyoaks continues weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first-look episodes airing straight after on E4.