Hollyoaks original Darren star Adam Booth 25 years after Channel 4 soap exit

Adam C Booth originally played the role of Hollyoaks' Darren Osborne from 1996 until 1997, but where is the actor now, 25 years after his departure?

The role of Darren may be synonymous with Strictly Come Dancing star Ashley Taylor Dawson in 2022, but Adam Booth originally played the role of the Hollyoaks character.

Original Darren stuck around for a year, until being taken back to America when his dad Jack's cheating tore the family apart.

Although not a household name, Adam has had a brilliant career and has been pretty successful when it comes to TV dramas, comedies and even the theatre.

Hollyoaks stint

Darren Osborne is a fictional character from the popular Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.

The character was introduced as part of the Osborne family, making his first screen appearance on November 18, 1996 – when he was portrayed by Adam Booth.

In 1996 Darren arrived in Hollyoaks with parents Jack and Celia from America.

His mum Celia discovered that her hubby Jack had been having an affair with Dawn Cunningham, so Celia went back to America and took Darren with her.

In September 1999 Darren was recast and Ashley Taylor Dawson took on the role before leaving in 2001 to pursue his music career, although returned in 2003.

Ashley has portrayed Darren ever since and is one of the longest-running characters in the programme.

Subsequent soap roles

After popping up in Hollyoaks and then departing, Adam starred in five episodes of Crossroads in 2003 as Garth Guilder.

He has also been seen in other TV dramas and soaps like Where The Heart Is, Doctors and two episodes of Coronation Street in 2011 as a butcher.

In 2020 he even starred in a gripping ITV drama, The Bay, as Ian Thrower.

Theatre career

Since Adam left Hollyoaks, he's taken on a career that has a stage focus.

Appearing in a number of theatre productions, he has popped up in the likes of West Side Story and Mamma Mia in the West End.

He has also appeared in Les Miserables at the Manchester Playhouse, Chicago in Oldham, and Footloose and Boogie Nights up and down the country.

As well as appearing in exciting stage productions, he has also dabbled in pantomime, with his first stint being in 2004 as Aladdin in the same-named production.

He has also appeared in the likes of Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and The Wizard of Oz.

More recently Adam took on the role of Joey in the 2021 production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

When the panto wrapped up at the end of January 2022, Adam took to Instagram to share a snap and penned: "After a dose of Covid and a manic busy time, just reflecting on this great production.

"Seventy-two shows with a fantastic cast. Brilliant audiences in the lovely @gohbelfast.

"Thanks as always to #michaelharrison. See ya Joey!"

Stepping into the comedy world

As well as his esteemed career in TV dramas, soaps and on the stage, he's recently stepped into the world of comedy.

Adam has been a regular on The Keith Lemon Sketch Show, as well as The Keith and Paddy Picture Show.

In some of the hilarious sketches, he works alongside Keith Lemon to take off celebrities like Ant and Dec.

Last year, in 2021, Adam popped up in the E4 comedy The Holden Girls: Mandy and Myrtle, as Gregory.

Friends with famous faces

On Adam's Instagram page, which has more than 1,200 followers, the actor often posts snaps and selfies of himself with famous faces.

Sharing the snaps on his page, Adam loves to update his followers with his goings on and with which famous face he's been mingling with lately.

From posting snaps with Keith Lemon and Craig Revel Horwood, he has also posed with Amanda Holden, Ruth Langsford, Eamonn Holmes and even the late John Challis.

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

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