EastEnders Zack star’s life off-screen from Hollyoaks career to stunning wife

Actor James Farrar first made his debut appearance on long-running soap EastEnders in March 2021 playing the role of Zack Hudson.

Zack, who was first introduced as Sharon Watt's (Letitia Dean) long lost brother, was written as a "charismatic" character who will "ruffle feathers when he arrives in Walford".

The hunky lad has done just that he's already been involved in a romantic relationship with Nancy Carter (Maddie Hill) and also found himself entangled in her hit and run accident.

But although he has certainly left a mark in Walford already, this is not his first appearance in soap land, as he previously played Liam Gilmore in Hollyoaks.

And away from the spotlight, the actor lives quite a remarkable life.

So Daily Star has taken a deeper look into James' private life as Zack begins to grow closer to Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks).

Soap hunk

James is a familiar face in soap land having previously taken on the role of Liam Gilmore in Hollyoaks from 2012 to 2013.

The hunky actor played the brother of Jen Gilmore.

While appearing in the popular Channel 4 soap, Liam was the manager of Attwell's Health Club & Spa until the business was closed in 2013.

He then left the village in April 2013 to work in South England.

Liam first arrived in the village in August 2012 after he was dropped off by an ex-girlfriend, who dramatically threw his bags at him.

Not long after his arrival, he immediately caught the eye of Diane O'Connor and Martha Kane who attempted to flirt with him, but not really feeling their advances, he subtly made his lack of interest clear.

Earlier this year, the star switched sides and joined the cast of BBC's EastEnders.

Speaking about playing the troublemaker Zack, the soap star said: "I'm thrilled to be joining EastEnders.

"As a born and bred Londoner myself, I can't wait to bring my experience of a place I love and know to such a well-respected long-running show, with such iconic characters.

"Zack certainly has a very complicated past and there is a real depth to him that I can't wait to explore."

Hunky modelling snaps

Actor James is rarely ever shy of showing off his toned muscular physique and often puts on a hot, tantalising display to his fans on Instagram.

The soap star has definitely put his good looks to use as he's also modelled for fashion brand Jimmy Choo in the past.

Taking to Instagram to share his delight with working with the brand, the star penned: "My Mum and Dad don’t have social media and don’t watch TV.

"So for them to address an accomplishment of mine is very special to me, as they don’t get to see what I’m up to at work."

James also have several other photos where he appears topless.

In one of his previous snaps, the handsome chap could be seen standing confidently while the sun beat heavily on his toned torso.

Wearing incredibly tiny shorts, James made sure he was the centre of attention.

Pregnant wife

James is in a happy marriage with his Ali Roff, who is an author.

The pair, who have now been together for almost 14 years, announced to fans in July that they are now waiting for the arrival of their first child.

Taking to Instagram to share their amazing news with fans, James' wife uploaded a photo of herself and her hubby together. She captioned the photo: "Mama and Papa," with James commenting underneath: "Sexy Mama."

Sharing insight into his marriage with fans, the actor also took to Instagram and shared a lengthy message about how happy he his about his wife's achievements.

He wrote: "When we first met we were 'unavailable'. Our interests were football, netball, partying and being rascals.

"We couldn't help falling for each other and a lot has happened since. In our 12 years together Ali has spent time travelling the world educating herself on Eastern and Western philosophy. I spent a year away from London filming a TV show.

"We moved to Blackheath together and got married. We founded a successful retreat #TheRemedyRetreats …"

He also spoke about his wife's career pursuits

"Ali had a flourishing career at a big finance investment cooperation but left to pursue her dream – writing. A decision that she made herself – bravery beyond words.

"She spent time at @CondeNast before finding her way home, where she sits as Wellness Director of @PsychologiesMagazine – surrounded by equally powerful and inspiring women.

"Her writing for @oneyearnobeer has just seen her abstain from alcohol for a year – something she made look easy.

"Our friends and family go to Ali for support and she'll always make light of the situation having created such balance in her own life.

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