Glenn Donovan
First Appearance
15 August 2017
Last Appearance
Current Character
Tracey Donovan (Ex-Wife)(Deceased)
Adam Donovan, Liam Donovan, Jesse Donovan & Toby Wilde (Sons)
Clare Devine & Grace Black (Step-Daughters)
Curtis Royle (Step-Grandson)
Murder Victims

Glenn Donovan is the ex-husband of Tracey Donovan and father to her three sons. Played by Bob Cryer, Glenn made his first appearance on 15th August 2017 (initially played by Neil Roberts, prior to being recasted).

"Darcy's Mystery Man" and debutEdit

Glenn made his first appearance upon Darcy texting him, requesting to meet him at a bar: whilst it is made clear that they are not on good terms (he insists she deletes his number), Glenn is credited only as "Darcy's Mystery Man".

When returning for the funeral of Tracey Donovan, we learn his identity as her ex-husband and the father of Adam, Liam and Jesse.

Ex-marriage, affair and arrivalEdit

Prior to his arrival, it was mentioned that Glenn partially drove Tracey to alcoholism, due to his affair and the separation that followed. According to his stepdaughter, Grace Black, she "met him when [she] was nineteen and then he took off".

His arrival in Hollyoaks infuriates Grace, who resents Glenn for what his impact on her mother. Regardless, he attempts to win her trust ('rescuing' her from Warren when he is seen attacking Grace), but is repeatedly told to stay out of her business. Glenn takes her home and coaxes her into talking about her grief - where she eventually breaks down in his arms. Glenn orders Grace to take some time to grieve, and takes over her plan to assist Sienna in escaping the village. He finds a safe-house to accommodate Sienna in; this backfires, however, when Warren finds her.

When Glenn discovers that Darcy Wilde killed Tracey, he orders her to go to Germany. She refuses, and shocks him by admitting that Toby is Glenn's son (as opposed to his son, Adam Donovan's). He agrees to keep her secret on the condition she helps him re-connect with Adam.

Grace continues to berate Glenn for his saviour complex ("Saint Glenn to the rescue again!"), and we learn that his affair was with a teenage Grace.


2017: Glenn is at a bar with a group of girls and then smiles.