Hollyoaks Zara Morgan returns as Kelly Condron reprises role 16 years after exit

Hollyoaks have confirmed the return of Zara Morgan as Kelly Condron reprises the role 16 years after leaving the village.

The 39-year-old actress first joined the cast of the Channel 4 soap in 1999 as Luke Morgan’s sister, Zara, the youngest Morgan sibling.

Troublemaker Kelly caused quite a stir in her six years in the village, even going as far as trying to burn down the school.

Zara left the village in 2005 to work for a charity in Thailand and hasn’t been seen since.

Viewers can catch a first glimpse of Zara's return in the brand-new summer trailer which will be released on Tuesday at 5pm on all Hollyoaks’ social media platforms.

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In the coming weeks, Luke’s sister, Zara returns to the village upon hearing about her mum, Sue’s funeral, via a public social media post.

Eco-warrior Zara soon falls back into the lovable little sister role – from bickering fiercely with Luke one minute, to reminiscing the next.

She has certainly matured since her student days – but she’s still capable of coming out with a cutting or sardonic comment and will call things as she sees them.

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Talking about stepping back into the role of Zara, and the Hollyoaks village, Kelly said "When I was first approached by Hollyoaks to bring Zara back, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I

"I'm really excited to be back in the iconic village after such a long time, and to work with the team playing a part in what’s going to be such an important and relevant story.

"It’s really lovely to be working with the old cast again, such as Nick, and Steph, and of course Zara’s big brother, Gary Lucy, who feels like my big brother at times… Even though I have been away for such a long time, it still feels very familiar.

"A lot of the crew are the same, and it still feels very warm and welcoming, it’s like I’ve come back to the family.

"Zara returns all grown up. She’s a keen environmentalist, but she still has the fiery personality and the outspoken nature she’s always had. She’s back, and is going to make sure everyone in the village knows about it."

Kelly’s first episode reprising Zara Morgan will air on Wednesday August 4 on E4 and again the following day at 6.30pm on Channel 4.

Hollyoaks airs weekdays on Channel 4 at 6.30pm followed by first look episodes no E4 at 7pm

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