Johnno Dean

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Johnno Dean
Colin Wells as Johnno Dean
Hollyoaks character
Portrayed by Mark Powley (2002–03)
Colin Wells (2003–05)
Duration 2002–05
First appearance 9 October 2002
Last appearance July 2005
Classification Former; regular
Occupation Fitness Club manager

John "Johnno" Dean is a fictional character from the long-running Channel 4 British television soap opera Hollyoaks, played originally by Mark Powley. He first appeared in October 2002, and from April 2003 was replaced by Colin Wells until his exit in July 2005.


Mark Powley originally played Johnno but the role was recast in 2003 with Colin Wells.[1] Hollyoaks did not anticipate Johnno becoming a central character. Powley could not renew his contract due to commitments in place to other projects. A spokesperson for the show revealed that they were delighted to cast Wells in the role, but warned he would not be like the "lothario" character Jake Booth he previously played in rival soap opera Crossroads.[1]


Johnno arrived in October 2002 as part of the Dean family, with his wife Frankie, and their children Jake, Debbie, Steph and Craig and began working as a lorry driver with Les Hunter. Generally a friendly, good-natured personality and a devoted family man, Johnno's early storylines see him confront Ellie Hunter about her false testimony that her brother and his daughter Debbie Dean's boyfriend Dan Hunter committed a series of attacks, when the attacker was actually Ellie's husband Toby Mills. Johnno also caught his other daughter Steph Dean physical attacking Dan and Ellie's sister Lisa Hunter and had to pull Steph off her victim, before publicly reprimanding her for her behaviour.

The family become heavily in debt after Johnno lost his job when his workplace collapsed and the Deans had to move homes. This resulted in a number of arguments between Johnno and Frankie that almost led to the collapse of their marriage. Johnno briefly turns to alcohol to cope with his troubles but when he realises how much he feels alienated from Frankie and how distressed Steph is after she is diagnosed as having epilepsy, he stopped drinking as heavily..

After losing their house, Johnno and Frankie patched up their differences and began renting a house. Johnno began working for Richard Taylor, who took him on at his fitness club, Body Boost. When a rivalry between the Dean and Taylor families began, Richard terminated Johnno's job contract. However, Richard later re-employed Johnno at Body Boost and Jake took out a mortgage to help clear the family's debt accumulated. Still feeling alienated from Frankie, Johnno began an affair with 19-year-old student Michelle. Frankie discovered Johnno’s affair and confronted him. Frankie still tried to save the marriage but decided to divorce Johnno when he revealed that Michelle was seven months pregnant with his baby. His children decided they did not want to have any contact with their father so he left.

Johnno briefly returned in July 2005, telling his family that Michelle had left him for someone her own age and that she had told him that her baby was not his. He told them that he had missed his family and wanted a chance to make things up to them. Steph and Jake decided they were prepared to give Johnno another chance. However, Craig was unconvinced by Johnno's story so rang Michelle and found out that Johnno was lying and that he had in fact left Michelle and their newborn son Presley out of desperation after realising that he could not handle being a father again at his age.

Johnno's family then told him they were disgusted by his behaviour. Frankie nevertheless told Johnno that she had decided to forgive him for his affair as she felt life was too short to remain hostile towards the father of her children. She also said that she was far happier with her new partner Jack Osborne, and there was no hope of them reuniting, and told him how they first met when they were in high school. Johnno realised that Michelle and Presley needed him more than his other family did so he decided to go back home and make up with Michelle. Frankie was later told that Johnno and Michelle had married. In 2010 Johnno did not attend Steph's funeral although he was informed of her death.


  1. ^ a b Baker, Andy (29 March – 11 April 2003). "Request spot". Inside Soap (Hachette Filipacchi UK) (228): 63. 

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