Ex Hollyoaks star 'hates being recognised' after quitting show
Former Hollyoaks actor Alfie Browne-Sykes has opened up about the difficulties that come with taking on a ‘regular’ job after appearing in a a show like Hollyoaks.
The actor made his debut on the Channel 4 soap in 2013 as Jason Roscoe, and garnered quite a reputation among fans as one of the Roscoe brothers.
After leaving the show, Alfie took on a job as a roofer, but explained that this had its own challenges.
‘Going to work every day, working on people’s roofs and them recognising you from Hollyoaks is a hard thing to deal with at first – especially when they make comments and don’t realise what they are saying to you.’ He told Joseph James on his Just Real podcast.
Since leaving Hollyoaks, Alfie has also had several other acting jobs, including The Dumping Ground for CBBC and the stage drama Birdsong.
However, his acting career led to struggles with his mental health, and trying to bag another TV role caused him to have panic attacks.
‘I’m just trying to crack on with my acting, trying to pursue that career,’ he revealed. ‘It’s a lot tougher than people think.
‘It’s a lot of waiting for the right opportunities to pop, especially with all the s*** at the minute.’
During his 3 years on Hollyoaks, he was involved in several hard hitting storylines, including one that saw Jason struggle with body dysmorphia before being diagnosed with anorexia nervosa.
Throughout his time on the show, Jason developed a relationship with Holly Cunningham (Amanda Clapham), though a love triangle between the two of them and Jason’s twin brother Robbie (Charlie Wernham) would ultimately be the catalyst for his departure in 2016.
After working closely together Alfie and co-star Amanda Clapham struck up a relationship of their own, but called it quits in 2019 after six years together.
A source told The Sun at the time: ‘The relationship just ran its course – they didn’t want to make a big fuss or announce it publicly.’
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