Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Hollyoaks psychologist Honour Chen-Williams welcomes her niece Shing Lin to the village over Christmas.
It’s now confirmed that Izzie Yip will play the newcomer, who turns up with her parents Mei Lian and Meng Chye in the hope of raising Mason Chen-Williams’s spirits.
However, the excitement of their arrival quickly dissipates when a family secret creeps to the surface and Shing Lin’s life is turned upside down.
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Yip, who doesn’t have any prior professional credits, steps into the shoes of a “confident, excitable and care-free” character here, with Shing Lin “sure to be a handful as she becomes the life of the party amongst the Hollyoaks teens”.
Her first episode is scheduled for Monday, December 12 on E4 and Tuesday, December 13 on Channel 4.
In a statement, the actress addressed her casting, saying: “I’m really grateful to be joining the Chen-Williams family. The teens and I have been working on some pretty fun scenes; we’re so excited for you to see our characters grow and watch the dynamics of a certain relationship shift around Shing Lin’s intrusion. She’s going to bring a touch of East Asian familiarity to your screens.”
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Vera Chok joined Hollyoaks as Honour just over a year ago, after enjoying parts in movies such as The Riot Club and The Mummy opposite Tom Cruise.
Hollyoaks streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4.
Selected omnibus episodes are available via Prime Video.
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