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Hollyoaks Joel star’s life – co-star fiancé, health battle and transformation

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Hollyoaks fans will be seeing a lot more of Joel Dexter (Rory Douglas-Speed) in upcoming scenes as he takes centre stage in a gripping new storyline.

In recent scenes, the village vicar finally admitted defeat and wrote a letter to dad Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas) explaining that he was responsible for running him over earlier this year.

At the last second, Sienna Blake (Anna Passey) pitied him and agreed they should put all the drama all behind them.

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However, a spying Norma Crow (Glynis Barber) managed to get her hands on the letter and told Warren where to find the culprit of the hit and run.

Sienna realised that a vengeful Warren was heading to where Joel is and, fearing the worst, she rushed after him.

However, she is too late as Warren fired his gun and without realising its his son, Joel.

As Hollyoaks viewers Daily Star takes at the actor Rory Douglas-Speed's life.

Real-life romance

Rory and Hollyoaks co-star Nadine Mulkerrin are a real life couple who share two children.

They got engaged after filming their on-screen wedding date.

The actor has also been open about living with Type 1 diabetes and is known for changing his image.

Rory and Nadine have been together since 2017 after hitting it off on the set of Hollyoaks.

They announced they were an item for the first time in November 2017 – after they posted pictures of their holiday in Bali.

The pair revealed their engagement in December 2018 and afterwards Nadine discussed how they got together in a nostalgic Instagram post.

The couple announced the birth of their first child Reggie's arrival back in October 2019.

At the time Nadine said: "Reggie Speed. You're the coolest little dude we never knew we were missing in our lives! We love you so much."

And on Christmas Day they told how they were having another child – by sharing an adorable photo of Reggie holding a scan photo.

In May this year, Nadine and Rory welcomed their second child, Dougie James Speed.

Health battle

Rory has previously discussed his battle with Type 1 diabetes which he has lived with since he was aged 8.

⁣In June 2020, the actor discussed many embarrassing experiences with the condition, and how Nadine prompted him to want to take it more seriously after pushing his body to its limits.

He also discussed his doubts over whether his illness would prevent him from being a good dad to his son Reggie. and said his condition has made him mature from a young age.

Rory said: "I always joke to people it [diabetes] keeps me on my toes while I've still got them. and they don't know how to take that.

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"It's a part of me now, I have been diabetic since I was eight-years-old. I have a really positive attitude.

I have been diabetic since I was young. I learnt so much from a young age and because of that I am older than my years.

"People say what would you do if there was a cure and I've always said truth be told I wouldn't want the cure because I know what I'm doing with this life.

People say how do you deal with the injections everyday – how do you feel about that? If I don't do them I'll die. It's part of me I do five-six time a day. It doesn't bother me

Hair transformation

As Joel Dexter Rory was once known for his bleached locks but in June 2020 when Hollyoaks was on a filming break due to the pandemic he shocked viewers when he shared a snap on Instagram sporting a more natural look.

The actor was seen holding his son Reggie in a paddling pool, with brown curls.

"Catching vibes and rays with the big man! Hope everyone is enjoying it!" Rory captioned the picture.

And his fans flocked to the comment section to shower him with hair compliments.

One wrote: "Love your hair, curly daddy and son."

Another gushed: "Nice pic and hair colour and style."

A third added: "Please keep your hair like this when you go back to hollyoaks it suits you."

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

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