Hollyoaks Jack star Jimmy McKennas career as a professional football player

While Hollyoaks viewers might know Jimmy McKenna as long standing resident Jack Osbourne, many might not know that the star had another career before acting.

Long before he joined the popular Channel 4 soap in 1996, Jimmy showed a talent for football and after playing the sport at school, he decided to embark on a career as a professional footballer.

After leaving school with seven O-Levels, he played for football club Sheffield Wednesday in his twenties.

However, while playing for the club in the seventies he sustained an injury to his back, which sadly brought an end to his sporting career.

Looking into the future, Jimmy made the decision to turn his skills from football to acting and the rest they say is history.

He made his first TV appearances during the eighties in programmes such as Affairs of the Heart, before landing a Hollywood film role as Father Rainey in the 1986 film Highlander.

Jimmy also had two rival soap roles in ITV programme Coronation Street, starring as an officer and a character called Jimmy Lomax between 1985-1994.

He also had a small role as Ted Bayliss is another rival soap, Brookside, in 1999.

From there, Jimmy has not left our TV screens, starring as Sgt.Brady in crime drama Taggart, Michael Meredith in Pie in the Sky and Ray Peters in TV mini series All In The Game.

However, he is best known as barman Jack Osbourne in Hollyoaks, a role he has played for more than two decades in the soap and its spin off, Hollyoaks: Later.

Despite becoming a fan favourite character, many fans are waiting in anticipation for news of whether Jack will survive a deadly explosion in the village this week.

The Hollyoaks residents are set to be rocked the explosion during a fundraising event, which puts the lives of many of the villagers including Jack Osbourne and Juliet Nightingale in danger.

Actress Bethany Hare who plays Cher McQueen has already teased that not all the residents will make it out alive, telling Daily Star: "There's going to be a lot of change and the whole village will have to get used to that change."

Will Jack Osbourne survive the deadly blast? Viewers will have to wait and see.

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

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