HUNK Stephen Uppal has moved from Huddersfield to a starring role in Hollyoaks.
The actor has just landed the part of new boy Ravi Roy in the hit Channel Four soap.
Stephen, 26, started filming Hollyoaks in Liverpool in May.
He lived in Dalton until he moved away to university aged 18.
Stephen plays Ravi, a bouncer who quickly caught the eye of a few Hollyoaks ladies.
He said of the character: “Ravi certainly made an impression when he arrived at Hollyoaks.
“His cocky attitude gets him a job as doorman at The Loft and he certainly wins over resident bad boy, Warren, with his cheek.
“There’s chemistry between Ravi and Nancy, but if Nancy likes him, she’ll have to get her skates on.”
Former Rawthorpe High pupil Stephen landed the role of Ravi at the beginning of the year and started filming at the end of April.
He hit the screens in June and is now a regular in the hit teen soap.
Fans have already inundated the Hollyoaks forum with comments about Stephen, many from young girls who see him as the next Hollyoaks pin-up.
Stephen studied English at the University of Teesside.
He trained at the Arts Educational Schools in London and worked in theatre from 2005 until landing the part of Ravi Roy.
The actor appeared on stage in London’s West End, starring as Salim in My Beautiful Launderette at the Duchess Theatre in 2007.
Previously, he was cast in The History Boys at the Royal National Theatre in 2006.
He was also in a touring Ben Elton play Tonight’s the Night.
He is good friends with Ben Barnes, a rising star who plays the lead role in the blockbuster The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
As well as starring in Hollyoaks, Stephen is also taking part in a documentary for an Asian television channel.
His good looks have already earned him a place in the annual Hollyoaks 2009 calendar which was shot in Spain last month.
His new-found fame also means he gets to attend glittering awards ceremonies, including the annual British Soap Awards.