Hollyoaks star’s forgotten second role in Channel 4 soap before Charlie fame

Charlie Behan is best known for starring as Charlie Dean in Hollyoaks – but that's not the only role he's had in the soap.

The young actor was cast as the charatcer back in 2011 when he was only seven years old, and has been a firm fixture on the Channel 4 show ever since.

However, not long before he bagged the part he was actually in the fictional suburb of Chester as somebody else entirely.

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In 2010 Charlie was cast as the character Tre Davenport, one of Phil Sharpe's sons when it turned out that he had a secret family he'd been hiding.

The role was only a small one, with Tre just appearing in the soap for a couple of episodes.

But it seems that when they were looking to cast a child actor a year later, Charlie was on their radar.

He went back and tried out and landed the part.

Now 18, the actor has been in Hollyoaks ever since.

Charlie's backstory is that he is the son of Becca Dean and was born when she was in jail for alleged sexual activity with a minor, and that his aunt Nancy is now his guardian.

He was originally played by Joshua McConville but he left the soap in 2010 and actor Charlie then took over.

The character has been involved in some juicy plots, such as when he got tangled up in drug dealing.

He also ran away a few years ago because he was feeling as he wasn't wanted.

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And in 2015 he was left traumatised when he witnessed Lindsey Roscoe – aka the Gloved Hand Killer – at work.

Charlie saw Lindsey attack Dr Charles S'Avage and she ended up threatening him.

He ended up struggling with nightmares but eventually told Nancy what he had witnessed.

Charlie recently tried to end his own life in emotional scenes as he struggles to deal with anxiety and mental health.

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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

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