Hollyoaks ' Ross Adams has explained why his character Scott Drinkwell has drastically changed since he was first introduced into the soap in 2015.

Scott was introduced as Sinead O'Connor's (Stephanie Davis') cousin and was a nasty character who was a stereotypical villain and "camp" gay man, which initially sparked complaints from viewers.

Speaking on the Soap From The Box podcast, Ross explained: "When I went in, Scott was written and originally intended to be this really bitchy type of character, who was actually really unpleasant and mean-spirited.

"Within the first two or three months of being in the show, I'd poisoned my aunty, I'd kidnapped a baby, I'd lied about having HIV.

"Honest to God, the tweets – the audience absolutely hated Scott.

"He was quite a polarising character. He was really, really big – larger than life and really openly flamboyantly gay.

Ross Adams stars as Scott Drinkwell
Scott Drinkwell was initially a baddie but was changed following complaints

"I think a lot of people perhaps weren't ready for that, at that point. I felt like the character would be more interesting if we understood why he was like that."

He added: "I had a chat with the bosses about it and thankfully they took that on board. Slowly but surely, they started peeling off a few more layers.

"He'd had quite a turbulent life and then we started to see him having fun with Sinead. They were like a terrible two and got up to all sorts of mischief together."

Mitchell Deveraux and Scott Drinkwell recently tied the knot
Ross Adams stars as Scott Drinkwell
The soap was criticised for stereotyping but pointed out they represented gay people with varying personalities

The full interview can be heard in a new episode of Soap From The Box , which is released on Sunday, 7th March.

Ross first joined Hollyoaks when he was working as a script writer on Emmerdale, when producers asked him to audition and gave him the role despite him forgetting his lines.

He has since received nominations for "Best Comedy Performance" and "Scene of the Year", as well as winning the award for "Best Male Dramatic Performance".

Amid initial concerns that Scott was "stereotyping gay men", Hollyoaks' executive producer Bryan Kirkwood released a statement pointing out the soap had represented LGBT+ people with a diverse range of personalities.

He argued there was no reason a camp gay man should not be one of the characters, and Ross backed up the statement.