Hollyoaks newcomer Jonny is set to pray on Stes vulnerability, spotting an opportunity when Ste voices his hatred towards the Maaliks over Tegans death, believing Misbah killed her through negligence. Jonny attempts to recruit him into his far right extremist group and encourages his racism towards Misbah.
While at first Ste is aware of the manipulation, he quickly becomes brainwashed by Jonny, who will stop at nothing to get Ste on board ready to do his bidding.
Speaking about his character Jonny, Ray Quinn revealed the lengths hell go to to make sure Ste joins his group.
Jonny is part of a far-right radicalisation group, he explained. From the research chats we had, and my understanding of some of these individuals, people like Jonny are sent to recruit people to build numbers. However, some of the stuff they get up to can take a turn for the worse.
Jonny is set to take over Stes life under the pretense of trying to help when really hes there to cause as much damage as possible – hell start to control both his personal life and his finances.
Someone like Ste is a perfect candidate to groom and recruit, as hes very vulnerable and low on his self-esteem, Ray said. Jonny will target those types, befriend them, and make them feel confident again. He will take care of Ste, both emotionally and financially… With ulterior motives, obviously.
How much danger is Ste in from Jonnys evil plans?
Jonny certainly knows what hes doing, having been brainwashed and manipulated himself.
Ray said: Jonny has been trained to deal with situations that may put him in a precarious position. Believe me, there are many of those. Hes certainly one to watch, a very complex individual. On the outside hes the guy youd go for a drink with.
Theres a lot still to come from this lad, with his past slowly being unravelled as time goes on.
In time, as a viewer, you will learn a lot about Jonny, Ray said. You will learn about his past, his life, his regrets and experiences, good and bad. As well as, where he came from and what hes been through in his life, thus far. Whether its the truth though? Your guess is as good as the next…