Jeremy Edwards made a splash on Hollyoaks as the show’s original gas head and hot rod. His character, Kurt Benson, who loves music and motorcycles, is a heartthrob. Jeremy played Kurt on the long-running soap opera from 1995 to 1999 before the character left the series after a troubled on-screen marriage. Six months later, he died offscreen.
Immediately after leaving Hollyoaks, Jeremy moved into the role of the popular medical soap Holby City. He played male nurse Danny Shaughnessy, a role he played for four years. During this time, Jeremy was also engaged to S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens. They were a pair of entertainment powerhouses before their busy schedules started to keep them apart.
Tragedy occurred in June 2003 when Jeremy’s co-star Laura Sadler died suddenly after falling 40 feet from a balcony. The 22-year-old died in hospital after suffering serious head injuries after seeing the sun rise at her boyfriend’s house. Jeremy, then 31, was heartbroken by the tragedy. He started drinking more, became depressed, and later told the Heat, “It was a tough time for me. I was really sad after Laura died. I drank a lot and was severely depressed.
“It really blew me away. Losing such a close friend knocked me off balance and sadly Rachel got me in. That’s when she asked me my questions and we agreed to take a break.”
A few weeks later, Jeremy and Rachel got back together again. Still, they confirmed in January 2004 that they would be separated forever. The actor starred in Celebrity Big Brother in 2005, followed by Dancing on Ice. He is now a regular on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff and is a frequent Christmas pantomime.
In 2009, Jeremy married Lydia Metz. In 2020, the couple announced they were expecting their first child, Theodore Huckleberry, in May 2021, after two rounds of IVF.
Former Holby City actor Jeremy Edwards describes how he fell victim to identity theft and how he is now more careful about his personal information.
Recent research has shown that very few people in the UK destroy their files or change their online passwords – one in four is affected by identity theft, compared to the European average of 17%.
Credit bureau consultant Neil Munroe also explained how to investigate people for fraud.