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Neil Cooper

Neil cooper

First Appearance
5 September 2011
Last Appearance
15 November 2012
Occupation
Student
Portrayed By
Date of Birth
January 24th, 1995
Date of Death
November 15th, 2012 (age 17)

Neil Cooper, played by Tosin Cole arrives as a new student at the sixth form college. Neil made his first appearance on 5 September 2011. He made his last appearance on 15 November 2012 when he was killed off in the Enjoy The Ride storyline. The character was announced on 25 August 2011 with actor Tosin Cole taking the role. Neil was introduced alongside two other new characters George Smith (Steven Roberts) and Callum Kane (Laurie Duncan). Completing the set of new students were the three previously seen characters of Maddie Morrison (Scarlett Bowman), Tilly Evans (Lucy Dixon) and Jono (Dylan Llewellyn). Cole originally auditioned for the part of Jono but failed to secure the role. He was later invited back to audition for Neil and had to "do like five or six auditions".

Characterisation Edit

Cole said Neil "pretends to be someone that he really isn’t, he has no game". Cole told Agent2 Magazine that Neil tends to big himself up when he is with his friend and he turns "it up a little just because [he is] around the lads". Cole added that Neil is "being a lad" and is trying to enjoy his youth while he is still young.

Arrival Edit

Neil arrives in Hollyoaks village and joins the sixth form college. He begins working for Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard), who offers him driving lessons. Neil prepares to take his driving test and the group rely on him to drive them to a gig once he has passed. Neil fails his driving test but lies that he has passed. While driving the group to the gig Neil crashes Bart McQueen's (Jonny Clarke) car, angering him. 

Departure Edit

Neil joins his friends on a journey in a stolen mini-bus for Ruby Button (Anna Shaffer) and Jono's wedding. The bus crashes and everyone presumes Neil is dead. Maddie is the last to escape from the wreckage and Neil awakes and begs her for help. Maddie leaves Neil to die as the bus explodes. The bus explodes and Maddie blames Esther for the crash but before she can continue the flaming minibus door slams into her killing her.

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