Eep! Who knew that when Heidi’s cuddly dad Silas showed up in the village he would turn out to be the local serial killer with a penchant for strangulation?
Despite finding himself at the wrong end of a coronary heart condition, Silas amused himself playing chess and spying on Lynsey via a hidden camera, before upping his game and murdering poor Rae - and then framing Brendan for the crime!
He wasn't finished there, oh no. After a brief hiatus in France after Lynsey unsuccessfully tried to kill him with a rock, he returned to the village just in time for his nephew Riley's WAG Wedding and Mercy's confession that she'd been sleeping with his son-in-law Carl. Uh oh. Silas reacted in the only way he knows how: by abducting heavily-pregnant Mercy and locking her in The Dog cellar, calmly explaining his plans to murder her as soon as the baby arrived. Er, harsh.
Surprisingly, this wasn't enough to quench Silas' thirst for carnage and, while he kept Mercy prisoner underground, he embarked on a twisted Halloween game, challenging Lynsey to guess the identity of his next victim. Sadly the best laid plans of mice and serial killers often go wrong and, as he attempted to murder Lynsey, he accidentally murdered Heidi! #EPICFAIL.
Arrested soon after (finally!), he still had one more game up his sleeve - making Lynsey play a game of chess to save a by-now-in-labour Mercedes. Happily, Lynsey won, Mercedes was saved and Silas was defeated and the last time we sae him he was staring meaningfully at a chess piece from the confines of his cell.
We recently discovered that he wouldn't stand trial (having pleaded insanity), which caused Mercedes to have a bit of a meltdown. Worse yet, when poor Lynsey was discovered murdered - strangled no less - the spectre of Silas loomed over the village once again. He couldn't possibly be the killer... could he? One thing is for sure: Silas isn't done with the residents of Hollyoaks just yet.
Jeff is a fine English actor, with a string of impressive credits to his name. He starred in Billy Liar as well as fantastic British comedy Drop the Dead Donkey. He also, of course, played Amos Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.