Gordon Cunningham
First Appearance
23 October 1995
Last Appearance
20 February 2004 (Death)
17 August 2018 (Flashback)
Angela Cunningham & Helen Richardson (Ex-Wives)
Dawn Cunningham (1975)
Jude Cunningham (1979)
Cindy Savage (1981)
Max Cunningham (1982)
Tom Cunningham (1999)
Hilton Cunningham (Grandson) Beth Cunningham & Holly Cunningham (Granddaughter) Benny Cunningham (Cousin) Steph Cunningham-Lomax (Granddaughter)
Portrayed By
Man-slaughtered by:
Milo Entwistle

Gordon Hilton Cunningham (commonly referred to as Mr. C) was a fictional character from the long-running Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, played by Bernard Latham. He first appeared as one of the original characters on the show when it started, he left in 2004 when the character died of a heart attack which he had after being involved in a car crash. He briefly returned in 2008 in a dream sequence.

Characterisation Edit

Gordon was an irascible though kind-hearted man who often displayed an amazing tendency to infuriate those that loved him the most. Gordon often had to deal with family problems including daughter Dawn's leukaemia, Cindy's teenage pregnancy and his ill-fated marriage to Helen.

Arrival Edit

Gordon begins to comfort his daughter Dawn when she struggles to fend off the advances of her mother's new boyfriend, Terry. Gordon tries to help his ex-wife, Angela overcome her crippling debts and tries to inject some discipline into the lives of their wayward children. Gordon soon builds up a witty repartee with Tony Hutchinson, when he becomes landlord of Got it Taped, and finds himself in various scrapes in his desperate attempts to keep Max and Cindy on the straight and narrow. However, things get bad for Gordon as he discover that Cindy was pregnant, and loses Dawn to leukaemia, and also is saddened when Jude runs off the next year after getting herself in trouble with the police.

Departure Edit

Gordon becomes a father figure to Bombhead. Eventually, Helen returns to Gordon and with some match fixing from Mandy and Max, the pair are reunited. However, tragedy strikes for Gordon when he has a random heart attack and ends up crashing the car. Gordon takes a heart attack immediately and dies in hospital. Helen also dies a few weeks later and Tom is left as an orphan. In Helen and Gordon's wills, Tom is supposed to live with Mandy but instead he goes to live with Max.