Ruth Osborne

Ruth osborne

First Appearance
23 October 1995
Last Appearance
5 August 2008
Jack Osborne (Father) Celia Osborne (Mother) Jerry (Stepfather) Frankie Osborne (Stepmother) Darren Osborne (Half-Brother) Bethany Cunningham (Half-Sister) Kurt Benson (Ex-Husband) Bert Andersen (Grandfather) Beryl Andersen (Grandmother) Greg Andersen & Kenneth Andersen (Uncles) Jack Osborne & Oscar Osborne (Nephews) Francine Osborne (Niece) Natasha Andersen, Sarah Andersen, Natalie Osborne & Rachel Osborne (Cousin)

Ruth Osborne (previously Benson), portrayed by Terri Dwyer, was a character on Hollyoaks, she aired her scenes from 23 October 1995 to the 5 October 2008.

Characterisation Edit

Dwyer described the character saying "I like Ruth but she does my head in a bit. She whinges a bit much, is a bit miserable and gets on my nerves". On Ruth Dwyer also said "She engages her mouth before her brain!" The Daily Mirror described her as "chic but sensible Ruth" and "troubled".

Due to her sensible attitude other characters poked fun at her mouth (as she was always being the sensible one obviously) and how 'A bit of duct tape would do for her mouth' while laughing.

Arrival Edit

Ruth arrives as a student and begins to date heartthrob Kurt Benson (Jeremy Edwards). Ruth’s father Jack (James McKenna), mother Celia (Carol Noakes) and younger brother Darren (Adam Booth) moved into Hollyoaks village where they buy the local pub The Dog in the Pond. Ruth is shocked to discover her father and best friend Dawn Cunningham (Lisa Williamson) had slept together.

Spike's Fall Edit

Ruth’s decided that she didn’t want to see Dawn again, causing hating Dawn's family for the rest of her life, but, she forgives her when she discover that Dawn had leukemia, which leads her to death. Ruth began getting hassle from Spike who tried to entrap her, but Kurt intervened and accidentally pushed Spike off the scaffolding. Kurt is charged causing more problems in their relationship. Kurt becomes paranoid that Ruth thinks he is guilty and he breaks up with her and leaves, going to Hull. Ruth follows him and they marry. Ruth's troubles with Spike continue when she discovers that Spike, amongst other builders will be going to repair the College. Spike traps Ruth in a room and tries to force himself on her, but Rob Hawthorne (Warren DeRosa) steps in to rescue her.

Marriage to Kurt and his death Edit

Ruth's marriage with Kurt is on the rocks as they argue, especially about spending Christmas with Ruth’s family. It goes from bad to worse when Rob organises a hill walk in Wales and after Ruth has another argument with Kurt, she ends up going off with Lewis Richardson (Ben Hull). Ruth and Lewis take refuge in a cave where they kiss. Ruth then decides to go off to London for some work placement, leaving Kurt home alone. When Ruth returns, she is devastated to learn that Kurt is having an affair with Kate Patrick (Natasha Symms) and Ruth tells Kurt their marriage is over. Ruth gets into a fight with Kate that ends with Kate trying to drown her. In a fit of rage, Kurt intervened, trying to teach Kate a lesson by drowning her. In a wake of the fight, Ruth and Kurt do some soul searching and realised that they are not right for each other, prompting Kurt to leave Hollyoaks, and more bad news for Ruth, as she discover that Kurt had died from the ski accident. Ruth has a short relationship with flatmate Jasmine Bates but she later throws her out of the flat.

Relationship with Lewis Edit

Follow by his separation and death, Ruth begins to rekindle her affair with Lewis, but they both agree to keep their relationship secret. Ruth takes a break from her relationship with Lewis and meets Luke Morgan (Gary Lucy) who seduces her. However, Ruth is embarrassed to discover he is only 16 and on top of that when she confesses to Lewis what has happened he dumps her. Ruth decides that there was nothing left for her at Hollyoaks village and decides to move to the states, but Lewis makes a mad dash to the airport to stop her prompting Ruth to stay. During the first late night special Lucy Benson (Kerrie Taylor) is kidnapped by Rob Hawthorne and taken to a disused watertank, with Ruth, Lewis and Tony in pursuit. The gang survive and rescue Lucy.

Pregnancy Edit

Ruth finds out that she is pregnant and without Lewis knowing, has an abortion. Ruth then discovers that Lewis had lied about how big his debt to Lorraine Wilson is, prompting Ruth to hit Lewis before Lewis hits her back in retaliation. Lewis tells Ruth that he had slept with Lorraine to pay off his debt, which leaves Ruth heartbroken. Ruth and Lewis finally break up and Ruth than begins to date John Stuart, her colleague, but it soon ends. In a special 16-part late-night show Hollyoaks: Movin' On, Lewis beats Ruth up before trying to force himself on her, leaving Ruth for dead. Ruth is badly hurt and in hospital is told Lewis has died after taking an overdose of painkillers. Ruth has a brief relationship with friend Tony but later leaves Hollyoaks to start a new life in London.