Hollyoaks Zara star’s life – epic return, rival soap roles and glam snaps
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    Zara Morgan has been a Hollyoaks fan favourite ever since she arrived in the village more than two decades ago in 1999.

    She left fans shocked and delighted when she made an epic return to the soap last year after 16 years away from the Channel 4 soap.

    Now, eco-warrior Zara is set for a new business venture with Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) after making a herbal cake mix.

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    But away from our TV screens, Zara actress Kelly Condron has also led an action-packed life which includes an unexpected romantic encounter and rival soap roles.

    Shock return

    Hollyoaks fans were delighted when Kelly Condron's character Zara Morgan made a surprise return to the village after 15 years away.

    Zara's explosive entrance saw the character fly back to the village from Thailand, where she had been working for a charity, after she discovered that her mum had died.

    Her entrance came as a surprise to brother Luke, played by Gary Lucy, with Zara demanding to know why she had not been told about her mother's death.

    Speaking about her surprise return, Kelly told Digital Spy: "It's brilliant and I'm having an absolute ball. It's fantastic to be back on set. A lot of the crew are still the same and some of the old cast members are still there too."

    Although Zara's relationship with brother Luke was strained at first, Kelly revealed that off-screen they were delighted to be working with one another, adding: "I'm really pleased to be back and working with Gary, who's doing some cracking some stuff on screen at the moment. Steph Waring who plays Cindy is also a cracking actress.

    "My core scenes have been with them in the early stages. It's brilliant to be back and it feels like the right time for me as well."

    Rival soap roles

    Although Kelly is fondly associated with playing Zara in Hollyoaks, the actress has also had roles in other rival soaps.

    In 1998, Kelly made her TV debut as a patient called Geri in the drama Children's Ward, before going on to appear in Heartbeat one year later as Julie Hepponstall.

    She also played two separate characters in Casualty between 2007-2010 and also had a regular role in the TV series My Wonderful Life as Tracey in 1999, as well as cameos in Shameless and The Street.

    If that wasn't enough, Kelly has also forged a career as a successful voice over artist, providing narration for programmes including Celebrity Scissorhands, as well as famous brands including Heinz, Sony and Britvic.

    Unexpected romance

    Away from our TV screens, Kelly has been married to her husband Adam Condron since 2006, and the couple have two children together.

    The couple met in a rather unusual way, after Kelly began visiting a restaurant called Monton in Manchester, and wanted to purchase one of the paintings from the venue's walls.

    However the artist refused to sell the painting.

    Despite this, she kept on visiting the restaurant and became good friends with the owner, Adam, who later turned out to be the artist who had refused to sell the painting.

    She got more than just a painting though, as the couple fell in love and have been together ever since.

    Speaking on her website about the relationship, Kelly said: "It turns out the man who was brave enough to say no to me, who stood by his morals, who was driven and passionate enough to own his own restaurant at the age of 24, who drove me mad and made me laugh in equal measures, was in fact the man of my dreams.

    "I knew as soon as I met him that I was going to marry him, cheesy I know, but 15 years later we are married with two amazing children and the painting is hung up in our bedroom."

    Glam snaps

    Kelly regularly delights fans with her glamorous snaps on social media, including the variety of outfits that she wears as Zara Morgan in Hollyoaks.

    One snap showed the star looking radiant as she posed in a flower print kimono, blue straight leg trousers and an orange sequin bustier, complete with a fedora hat and her long blonde waves flowing past her shoulders.

    She captioned the gorgeous snap: "Something for the weekend? Zara's playing dress up."

    Fans went wild for the snap, with one saying: "Aww you always look amazing and stunningly beautiful hun."

    Others posted a series of flame and heart eye emojis, while a second added: "I'm getting Wonder Woman vibes with the red and blue."

    Hollyoaks airs weekdays on Channel 4 at 6.30pm followed by first look episodes on E4 at 7pm

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