Hollie-Jay Bowes

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Hollie Jean Bowes

(1989-01-17) 17 January 1989 (age 30)
OccupationSinger-songwriter, actress , Model
Years active2005–present

Hollie-Jay Bowes (born 17 January 1989) is an English recording artist and actress best known for her roles as Dawn O'Malley in BBC drama Grange Hill and Michaela McQueen in Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks Her parents changed her name from Billie Jean to Hollie Jean as her father thought she would get bullied at school and be called 'Billie Bowes', and at 13, she changed her name to Hollie-Jay.[1] In his backstage video, Richardson stated that he and Bowes are looking for a flat together.[2] In 2009, Bowes admitted in an interview with Inside Soap that she is a distant relation to Hollyoaks co-star Tony Hirst, who plays Mike Barnes.[3]

On 24 June 2010, Bowes announced on Twitter that she was fired from Hollyoaks after four years.[4]

Bowes has also recorded a song with the Hollyoaks music show winners Redtrack, performed the song "Pretty Boy" with the band at Leeds Festival on 28 August 2010. Bowes is also in a band called Jeanie In The Radiator and they performed their debut gig mid-October.

In September 2011, Hollie-Jay reprised her role as Michaela McQueen in the series Hollyoaks Later and will return to the main series in October, she again departed the show the following August.

In 2015 she appeared in episode 4 of Sky 1's After Hours as Jen.


  1. ^ "Programmes - Most Popular - All 4". Archived from the original on October 18, 2009. Retrieved November 24, 2009.
  2. ^ Channel 4 - Video Clip
  3. ^ Inside Soap, 28 July 2009
  4. ^ Published Friday, Jun 25 2010, 00:02 BST (2010-06-25). "Hollie-Jay Bowes sacked from 'Hollyoaks' - Hollyoaks News - Soaps". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 2010-11-15. Retrieved 2012-12-03.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)