Making his first appearance way back in 1997, the action was non-stop for O.B. for his entire time in the Hollyoaks village. From alcoholism, fires, crashes, murder, passion, attacks, weddings, suspected paedophilia and more death.
Here , I talk exclusively to actor Darren Jeffries about his sensational return to the Channel 4 soap and what's in store for his character O.B...
What's it like to be back in Hollyoaks playing O.B?
Brilliant! I love the character and I'll always be fond of the show that started my acting career. It's been an absolute pleasure.
Was it difficult slipping back into playing O.B's character?
Not particularly! I think as an actor you always carry around the characters that you've played in the past. He needed dusting off a little perhaps, but it was like sticking on a favourite pair of trainers. Very comfortable!
What have you been up to in the eight years you've been away?
I began television presenting straight out of Hollyoaks which kept me really busy for a number of years. But I always missed acting, and decided to return to the industry at the start of the year. Since then I've worked mainly in theatre, and I'll be on stage during Hollyoaks too, in a show called 'When Both Sides Surrender' which runs till Dec.
How has the reaction been to O.B's return from fans and general public?
It's been lovely! I think it's exciting for fans of classic Hollyoaks to find out exactly what he's been up to, and for younger viewers to finally find out who this 'O.B' character is that Tom always visits when the going gets tough!
What has made O.B return?
I'm not allowed to say too much otherwise I'll get my hand slapped by Hollyoaks HQ, but he's on a mission to get to the bottom of the 'Missing Osbourne's mystery. With unexpected results!
How has the rest of the cast reacted to your return?
Everyone has been really warm and friendly as expected. Hollyoaks has a knack for casting actors that are always sociable and like a laugh! It's been loads of fun. And I've loved catching up with the crew too.
Could we see a potential romance between O.B and Grace Black?
There's a little bit of flirting between the two, although they don't exactly get off on the right foot!
If you could swap shoes with another character for a day, who would it be?
Good question! Probably baby Steph. She gets to sleep all day and no one seems to have a problem with it. I like a kip!
Have you been watching Hollyoaks in the upcoming of your return?
Of course! It's been really helpful finding out what led to the Osbourne's disappearance, and helped shed a little light on DI Falco's actions!