First look at Russ’ shock return to Hollyoaks as Mercedes introduces him as her new fiance

Actor Stuart Manning is back on screen in a new trailer, shown on Loose Women today, which features his ex-wife revealing him to her family a decade after their first wedding.

The McQueen family fly out to Malaga for Mercedes' hen do as she prepares to marry a mystery man.

The clan gather on the beach as they prepare for the big reveal and they are stunned to see Mercedes' ex-husband Russ walk up to them.

They are even more shocked when he confirms he is the one set to marry Mercedes – meaning they will be walking down the aisle for a second time.

The pair wed in 2008, but the ceremony was interrupted by Louise, who told the whole church that Mercedes had slept with Warren Fox.

The couple decided to go ahead and tie the knot, but the marriage soon crumbled after the Warren affair was dragged up again.

Russ later moved on and had a baby with her sister Tina, before kidnapping the child, a son named Max, and fleeing the country.

Now they are back together and looking forward to finally getting their dream wedding and spending the rest of their lives together.

However, this is Hollyoaks so don't expect it all to run smoothly – there's sure to be plenty of drama before they even walk down the aisle.




Stuart is the latest Hollyoaks legend to return to the soap – joining Gary Lucy and James Redmond on set.

The casting also comes after Stephanie Davis announced she’d be reprising her role as Sinead.

She revealed her return on social media earlier this summer – a move that hasn’t been popular with all the cast.

She’s also been given ‘strict rules about staying sober’ on set according to reports.


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