Getting to grips with life in the land of soap drama, it's Hollyoaks stars that seem to leave the village in search of something more substantial, and many have done just that, chasing their dreams and showing that with a little hard work, much can be achieved.

Though they may have been soap favourites, they've now moved on so we've decided to take a look at what five success stories have taken up since their time in the fictional suburb of Chester.

Barry Sloane (Niall Rafferty 2007-2008)

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Following three award nominations for his portrayal of serial killer Niall Rafferty, Sloane moved on to appear in ITV crime series DCI Bank in 2010 ad appeared as Kieran Callaghan in BBC One medical drama Holby City.

It was September 2011 that saw him get his big break however, cast as Aiden Mathis in ABC drama series Revenge, and though his time on that show has now also come to an end, he's moved on to another ABC drama, this time the alien-themed series The Whispers.

Roxanne McKee (Louise Summers 2005-2008)

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Playing Louise Summers earned her an accolade for Sexiest Female at The British Soap Awards, and it was a Channel 4 initiative that saw her awarded with that part.

Quitting in 2008, she went on to appear in a Taio Cruz music video, and then filmed parts in BBC Two's The Persuasionists the following year.

Many will know her for her starring role in Game of Thrones as Doreah, but when it was time for her to leave that show it became clear that she showed no signs of slowing down.

Her most recent works include television series Dominion, and movies The Legend of Hercules and post-production flick Ironclad: Battle for Blood.

Warren Brown (Andy Hold 2005-2006)

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Appearing just twice in Shameless, Warren went on to become evil Andy Holt in Hollyoaks but met a timely demise in February 2006.

Casualty, Grownups and a stint in the Comic Relief 2009 special of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps followed before he jumped into Dead Set - E4's explosive zombie drama.

More recently he's played PC John-Paul Rocksavage in BBC police drama Good Cop and even starred in Christopher Nolan's final Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.

Emma Rigby (Hannah Ashworth 2005-2010)

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Hannah Ashworth was a favourite character of many, but Hollyoaks wasn't actually the first soap Emma starred in as she spent some time in Brookside as Elena Jones.

Fresh Meat, Prisoners' Wives and Ripper Street are just three series she's starred in since leaving the soap in 2010, but it was her lead role as the Red Queen/Anastasia Tremaine in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland that's really earned her praise.

Nathalie Emmanuel (Sasha Valentine 2006-2010)

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Another favourite was Sasha Valentine, but Nathalie went on to become another descendant of the Hollyoaks alumna that would step into the mystical Game of Thrones universe.

Playing Missandei in the HBO show, she's quickly stolen the hearts of viewers and has been given a bigger part than her characters receives in the book series.

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