Patrick Blake to be diagnosed with motor neurone disease
'Hollyoaks' character Patrick Blake is to be diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).
The head teacher, played by actor Jeremy Sheffield, will become the first main character in British soap history to be living with motor neurone disease when the diagnosis of the incurable condition is revealed early next month.
Reflecting on the heartbreaking storyline, Jeremy said: "I'm honoured to have been involved in some of the shows biggest storylines over the last couple of years. I hope Patrick's upcoming journey will captivate people's hearts and minds.
"Patrick recognises his symptoms of MND but he is in denial, having seen his father deteriorate and die of the same illness he is unable and unwilling to fully accept the truth.
"He endeavours to keep his diagnosis secret, as admitting the truth could jeopardise his chance of getting full custody of his beloved baby daughter, Minnie.
"For Patrick the idea of not being in control, of relinquishing his power is unthinkable and it will be interesting to see how the man who needs to control everything and everyone in his life copes with something that he cannot influence."