How are you doing? Are you still enjoying
"It's the best thing ever. I love it. The people here are some
of the best people I've ever known, and the nicest and most
Who are you closest too in the cast?
"Probably my girlfriend, Lucy [Dixon, who plays Tilly]. I see
her every day. It's nice."
What kind of storylines do you have coming up in the
next few weeks?
"It's the stuff with Martha and her alcoholism really. It can be
quite draining - when you have a full day of scenes where you have
to be upset. When we did the meningitis stuff with Ash that was
tough because we were literally upset the whole time and you had to
stay in this kind of trance, and then you end up going home feeling
upset because you've felt that way all day. It does drain you!"
How do you cut loose after that?
"Generally I just tend to play my Playstation! I tend to play
Battlefield and just get all my aggression out."
Laurie with his Hollyoaks castmates
- including his girlfriend Lucy! Lucky girl!
Are you anything like your character at
"Well, I look like him! [Laughs] Aside from that, I think there
are some similarities. We're both nice people - but I think he's a
bit more intense than I am."
What's been your favourite story line
"I think George's homeless storyline. That was incredible to
shoot and Steven [who plays George] is absolutely amazing, so
working opposite him was really cool. We were always on location
too - it's always nice to get away from the set!"
You do a lot of scenes with Scarlett Bowman, who plays
your on-screen girlfriend Maddie - do you get on well with
"Yeah, I think I annoy her a lot though. I'm quite an annoying
person! We both get on really well but we can both get on each
other's nerves. We'll call it banter." [Laughs]
Scarlett plays Laurie's on-screen girlfriend
Do you find the romantic scenes a bit embarrassing to
"It's just work now really. You've got to be professional about
it and there's no point worrying about it because the crew have
seen hundreds of actors do it time after time, so you just get on
with it and do the best you can!"
Do you get recognised when you're out and
"Yeah, quite a bit. It's absolutely fine, it's not ridiculously
intrusive - everyone is always really pleasant. The only time I
don't like it is if someone is rude."
Do you ever try to blag anything using your Hollyoaks
"There was one time when my friend and I were doing a short film
and I called up Topshop in Oxford Circus and said, 'I'm calling
from the Hollyoaks press team and one of our actors needs a suit
desperately', and they were like, 'Yeah, OK, come in' - because the
shop wasn't open yet. So I came in, got the suit, bought it, and
How did you get into acting?
"I don't know really, I was never really good at anything else
to be honest. I just really enjoyed it and I didn't want to do
anything else. I wanted to get into television and film and it's
starting to become a reality."
Laurie's character Calum getting in
What tips would you have for any readers that want to
get into acting?
"Just practise and do as much as you can. If you can, get
yourself a cheap little camera then just make anything you can,
practise in front of the mirror, and read as many plays as you can.
If you haven't got an agent, make sure you get one!"
What was the last thing that made you ROFL?
"Perez Hilton on This Morning. I was watching him and
he said something absolutely ridiculous. All of us in the green
room couldn't stop laughing!"
When did you last have a bad hair day?
"Every day! I always forget to go and ask to get my hair done at
Hollyoaks, so it's always just a bit straggly and a bit messy."
We met Laurie and his Hollyoaks
castmates last summer. It was lots of fun!
What was the last thing you tweeted?
"Probably something Arsenal-related. I'll just look at my phone.
It's probably something about Lucy actually. Oh yes, Lucy forced me
to watch One Born Every Minute on TV and I really
don't like it!"
Have you ever tweeted something and regretted
"Not really. There was something I said about Man United fans
once and some people got upset about it, but y'know…"
What was the last thing you bought?
"The new Arsenal away shirt. Yes, there's something that's on my
mind a lot…" [laughs]
Catch Laurie in Hollyoaks at 6.30pm every weeknight
on Channel 4 - and don't forget the omnibus on