Initially, the show was targeted towards the young adult audience. As Hollyoaks has cemented itself as one of the UK’s most well-known and popular soaps, it has now broadened its appeal to all age groups. Over the years Hollyoaks has received a tremendous amount of nominations and awards, including: 39 British Soap Awards, 18 Inside Soap Awards, one National Television Award and several BAFTAs for best soap.
Beginning with a cast of 14 characters, it now has upwards of 50 regular cast members. The longest-serving actor is Nick Pickard, who has played Tony Hutchinson since the first episode. Other notable cast members include Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren Osborne), Kieron Richardson (Steven Hay), Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen), Jessica Fox (Nancy Osborne), Stephanie Waring (Cindy Cunningham), Jorgie Porter (Theresa McQueen), Rachel Adedeji (Lisa Loveday) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Sasha Valentine).
The show is produced by Lime Pictures which also produces 'The Only Way Is Essex' & 'Geordie Shore'. The show has been so popular as to spawn three spin-offs: