Former soap star signs up to campaign

Kris Deedigan, Hollyoaks.
Kris Deedigan, Hollyoaks.

A former soap star has become the Jam Jar Army’s latest recruit.

Kris Deedigan, who was a TV regular in popular teen drama Hollyoaks, has thrown his support behind the campaign to raise money for the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre.

And for the 32-year-old, the appeal has extra significance, as the town helped give him the platform to develop his acting career.

“It is a really worthy cause. The Youth Theatre is a fantastic organisation,” said the former Duchess’s Community High School pupil who honed his acting skills on the Playhouse stage when he was younger.

He added: “It is really important to have a youth theatre. I did loads of productions at the Playhouse when I was growing up – and had some of the best times of my life there.”

Kris’ CV includes a stint in soap opera Emmerdale.

In 2009, he went on to play Des Townsend in Hollyoaks – his first major TV role.

Life in the fictional Chester suburb came to an end the following year, when the then series producer Paul Marquess conducted a cast cull.

Kris has returned to stage work and recently performed at The Maltings, Berwick, with Flying Cloud Theatre.

Despite living in London, he often returns to Alnwick to see family and friends.

And he said he will add to the Army’s coffers when he is back in his native north Northumberland.

“When I am in Alnwick I will definitely throw some money in,” he said.