AJ Pritchard lifts lid on 'sly' new Hollyoaks character Marco – and he's set to lock horns with Denise Welch

AJ Pritchard has lifted the lid on his ‘sly’ new Hollyoaks character Marco – and revealed he’s set to lock horns with Denise Welch. 

Dancer Marco will make his first appearance on the long-running Channel 4 soap this Friday (March 26) as a rival of Trish Minniver. 

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The newcomer will ruffle Trish's feathers as he arrives just in time for the grand opening of her new dance school.

Speaking about his character’s ‘sly’ side, AJ recently told Inside Soap: "Marco is Trish's [Minniver] rival from a previous dance school.

"He's a very cheeky and confident guy. Marco knows what he wants and when he turns up, he acts as if he owns the place."

The former Strictly Come Dancing pro added: "Marco arrives for Trish's grand opening which, as you'll see, is not so grand due to a couple of mistakes on Maxine's [Minniver] part, which was fun to film."

AJ will be making his debut on the soap alongside his real life brother Curtis Pritchard, who is set to play Marco's on-screen twin brother.

Talking about his unique connection with Curtis and how it translates on-screen, AJ added: "It's great because Curtis and I know each other so well from dancing and performing live, so we just get to play off that."

He added: "They're really fun characters that are a bit sly."

AJ left fans stunned last month when he confirmed that he and Curtis would be joining the soap.

"I can’t believe we will be featuring on Hollyoaks, we have grown up with the show on TV and it’s always been one of our favourite serial dramas," AJ said at the time.

He added: "Our characters are fantastic, and we can’t wait for everyone to see how we bring them to life.”

Curtis added: “I am so excited to be working with my brother AJ on a show we grew up watching! I am also excited to continue our journey together with Channel 4 and E4.” 

AJ quit Strictly last year to try his hand at other TV projects, and appeared on the first UK-based I’m A Celeb in Castle Gwrych finishing sixth in the series.

Meanwhile, Curtis, who found fame on ITV2 dating show Love Island, has since appeared on the Greatest Dancer as a receptionist and, more recently, appeared on Celebs Go Dating and RU Paul’s Drag Race.

  • Hollyoaks airs five nights a week from Monday to Friday at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

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