The TV boss, who also created Brookside and Grange Hill, started working in the industry in the 1970s and has garnered a reputation for covering 'gritty' topics that shows rarely touched upon in his work.
Redmond famously ventured out of making dramas about Northern towns to work on Emmerdale when it was struggling, and ended up being responsible for that plane crash in 1993 which killed multiple villagers (and some sheep) and helped retool the show into a contender. That episode remains the soap's most viewed and helped save it from cancellation.
Previously made a CBE in 2004, Redmond is also an honourary Professor of Media Studies in Liverpool, a chair of National Museums Liverpool and was involved in the city being the European Capital of Culture back in 2008.
In 2016 he released his debut novel, and told Digital Spy that he very much enjoyed not having to worry about budget, actor availability, broadcast standards and practices, changing audience demands, and everything else that comes with making a TV show.
Other famous faces to get birthday honours this year include former The Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry, Sir David Attenborough and Lorraine host Lorraine Kelly.
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4. Classic episodes, titled Hollyoaks Favourites, air on Fridays at 7pm on E4.
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