They're one of the most notorious families in soap history – and once you've got past the garish outfits, outrageous behaviour and questionable hairstyles, you can't help but fall in love with Hollyoaks' McQueen clan.
While they might have a thing or two to learn about staying on the right side of the law, they've been keeping us entertained with their family feuds since they arrived in Hollyoaks back in 2006.
With a never-ending supply of McQueens always ready to descend, they might still be very much a part of life in Chester, but what has happened to the actors who have left the show? We've done some digging to find out what they're up to…
1. Claire Cooper (Jacqui McQueen, 2006 – 2013)
Jacqui's probably best remembered for her huge hoop earrings, her love of leopard print, and having a big heart. But she was also a tough ex-con who was used to a life of crime, often taking on the role of matriarch in the family. This included giving her sisters advice, even if it wasn't always wanted.
But in contrast Claire Cooper couldn't be more different from her Hollyoaks alter ego. As well as having a successful acting career since leaving the soap, with roles in hit shows like Scott and Bailey, Still Star-Crossed, Snatch, A.D: The Bible Continues and even playing Anne Boleyn in Six Wives with Lucy Worsley, Claire is a vegan, animal rights activist and co-founder of ethically sourced clothing brand Om & Ah London.
Claire is also married to her former Hollyoaks co-star Emmett J Scanlan, better known as Brendan Brady. The couple tied the knot in New York in January 2016 and welcomed a baby boy together in July 2020.
2. Gemma Merna (Carmel McQueen, 2006 – 2014)
Carmel might have been the McQueens' token ditzy blonde, but she will forever go down in Hollyoaks history for her classic one liners and brilliant comedy timing. She was renowned for her love of all things pink and fluffy while also having a heart of gold – but things are a little different in Gemma Merna's world.
3. Leah Hackett (Tina McQueen, 2006 – 2008)
Tina was the one McQueen sister who always seemed to get things right. She was clever, quiet and could often be found with her nose in a book. In fact, she was so unlike her sisters that she often found herself despairing of their wayward behaviour.
In 2008 Leah announced she would be leaving the soap and her exit saw Tina get blown up in a church explosion at the hands of secret McQueen Niall Rafferty. Since leaving the soap, Leah has forged herself a successful acting career, appearing in shows like Doctors, The Case, and Four O'Clock Club, as well as appearing on stage in various theatre productions.
Leah also has her own website What Leah Loves, where she blogs about everything from fashion and beauty to recipes, and even has a YouTube channel where she talks you through how to make a rainbow cake. Handy.
5. Sarah George (Celine McQueen, 2014 – 2016)
Nurse Celine might have only been in Hollyoaks for two years, but she certainly packed a lot of drama into a short space of time. In December 2016 viewers were left shocked when Celine was brutally murdered by Cameron Campbell, after she found out that he started the Halloween Spooktacular fire that ended the lives of Nico Blake (or so we thought at the time) and Joe Roscoe.
At the time of her departure, Sarah told us: "I'm feeling quite sad to be leaving after two and a bit years. I have absolutely loved playing Celine, but I've loved being a McQueen even more."
Sarah, who's currently living out in New Zealand, is now a professionally trained make-up artist and even has her own Instagram page dedicated to her new profession.
6. Mandip Gill (Phoebe McQueen, 2012 – 2015)
Phoebe might have earned her McQueen title rather than being born into the clan, but that doesn't make her any less a part of the famous soap family. During her time on Hollyoaks the character found herself accused of Mercedes McQueen's murder, was involved in the 2014 train crash that killed Carmel and was the centre of a hard-hitting teen homelessness storyline before being killed off by the infamous Gloved Hand Killer, Lindsey Roscoe.
Since leaving the show Mandip's acting career has gone from strength to strength and she now stars as Yasmin Khan, one of the companions in Doctor Who, alongside Jodie Whittaker's Doctor.
7. Twinnie Lee Moore (Porsche McQueen, 2014 – 2015)
Porsche was only in Hollyoaks for a short amount of time compared to most other McQueens, but that doesn't mean she was any less of a character. At the time of her arrival, show bosses told us she would be "racier than her four-wheeled namesake Mercedes, but is fiercely loyal and has a good moral compass".
When her contract came to an end after a year, Twinnie decided to leave the show to focus on her music career. Since then she has proved to be a huge hit on the country music scene over in America. Not only has she had hits with songs like 'Cool' but she has also played at the C2C: Country to Country music festival and was named one of the top ten acts to see by Rolling Stone Country.
8. Malique Thompson-Dwyer (Prince McQueen, 2016 - 2019)
Rebellious Prince was a fan favourite during his time in the village between 2016 and 2019. Viewers were particularly supportive towards Prince's teen love story with Lily Drinkwell, although their relationship turned sour after they got married and Lily developed feelings for Romeo Quinn.
In 2018, Malique took a break from his Hollyoaks filming commitments to compete in the 18th series of ITV's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Since leaving Hollyoaks, Malique has also appeared on Celebs Go Dating and he'll also be featuring in MTV's Celebs on the Farm in 2021.
9. Theo Graham (Hunter McQueen, 2016 - 2018)
Hunter was known for staying on the straight and narrow more often than his twin brother Prince, but did take centre stage in a major village drama when he had an inappropriate relationship with his schoolteacher Neeta Kaur.
Theo Graham left Hollyoaks in 2018, telling Digital Spy that he wanted to pursue other projects after "quite a busy two years" in the role of Hunter.
The young actor has since starred in prison-based drama Clink and will be seen in young adult Netflix drama Fate: The Winx Saga in early 2021.
10. Nicole Barber-Lane (Myra McQueen, 2006 - 2019)
Myra is known for coming and going from the village, so is currently living abroad away from the chaos of Mercedes and co. Probably wise, with that blackmail doll causing so many problems.
Away from Hollyoaks, Nicole Barber-Lane has appeared in theatre productions and most recently starred in TV movie MyBad!
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