Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Hollyoaks newcomer Tom Benedict Knight has promised big tensions ahead for his character Brad King and established bad boy Warren Fox.
Tom makes his debut as Brad in Thursday's E4 first look episode, which helps to kick off an exciting year for Maxine Minniver (Nikki Sanderson).
Brad is introduced as Maxine's new landlord, who flirts with her after they first meet at The Dog. However, Maxine is later horrified to learn that Brad is the partner of her mum Trish (Denise Welch).
Hollyoaks' recent 2021 trailer revealed that Brad will be causing a stir among other characters too, with Warren taking an instant disliking to him.
Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about what's to come, Tom teased: "You can guarantee Brad will be making more than a few enemies in the village. It's just in his nature to mess with people and get them involved in his dramas and dodgy dealings.
"With Brad and Warren, all I can say is that two alpha males in the same village is a cocktail for drama and huge explosions.
"Warren doesn't take to Brad the minute he meets him, but Brad sees a bad boy like himself and knows he can use this to his advantage.
"I couldn't be happier to be playing the newest bad boy in the village. I'm sure the Hollyoaks fans will love him and hate him, but that's what you want to get the audience to react to your work."
When Trish turns up in the village next week, Maxine tries to warn her mum that something happened between her and Brad the night before.
Trish dismisses this and accuses Maxine of trying to stir things.
Tom continued: "Brad is drawn to Maxine for two reasons – she's an attractive female and she's Trish's daughter.
"Brad is a manipulative narcissist, so it works well for his plan that Trish doesn't believe Maxine. It's all about control for Brad.
"All I can say is Maxine and Trish will have their work cut out for them with Brad. He likes to play people and he will do whatever he has to, in order to protect himself and his interests – business and personal."
Hollyoaks returns to airing five new episodes per week from Monday, January 18. The show airs weekdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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