Hollyoaks hunk unrecognisable 13 years after soap exit as he becomes lawyer

A former Hollyoaks star has ditched fame and changed his entire career.

Sonny Flood, who played Josh Ashworth on the Channel 4 soap, was a staple actor in the village over a decade ago.

Flood joined the cast of Hollyoaks in the autumn of 2005, playing lovable teen Josh, first joining cousin Fletch to find the "Hollyoaks Beast".

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Josh then was involved in his fair share of drama throughout his stint on the show, after getting into a war with Sarah and Amy Barnes, alongside Nancy Hayton.

The tit-for-tat spat came from Josh's desire to get onto the Year 12 'Fit List', where the three girls tricked Josh into stripping in front of a group of students.

He later got back at the girls by interviewing the trio and editing their answers to say embarrassing things.

Josh would later get involved in school gang drama, resulting in cars being smashed up and copying porn videos for cool guy Ste, played by Kieron Richardson.

His relationship with Amy would turn into the focal point for some of the soap's most serious storylines including drink driving, teen pregnancy and abortion.

Sonny left the show in 2010, after the entire Ashworth family had been axed from the show, only to return to shoot two episodes in 2012.

But since his last appearance on the show, Flood has decided to ditch the acting profession altogether in favour of something fairer.

Now aged 33, Sonny is a fully qualified lawyer, basing himself and practising in Manchester.

Flood currently specialises in family law, having been exposed heavily to similar cases when he was being trained.

As well as this, the former actor is a proud dad to a young son.

His current law firm speaks highly of Sonny, writing on their official website: "Sonny prides himself on his client care and his ability to build a strong working relationship with clients when dealing with sensitive subject material.

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"In care proceedings, Sonny has experience of dealing with clients where issues of capacity have been raised and expert instruction has been sought and challenged," the firm said.

"He also has gained experience dealing with ground rules hearings and the appointment of intermediaries".

Whilst he specialises in family law, Flood also deals in personal injury cases, acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants.

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