Brendan Seamus Brady is a fictional character from the British Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, played by Emmett J. Scanlan. The character was introduced in 2010 by series producer Paul Marquess during part of the show's overhaul, and has become one of Hollyoaks' most popular characters. He is easily recognised by his famous moustache. He is the older half-brother of already established character Cheryl Brady (Bronagh Waugh). Following the announcement of Brendan's casting, he was quickly billed as the show's new 'bad boy' character. Despite having the persona of a villain at the start of the show, as the show progressed the character was portrayed to be more of a tragic antihero than a villain. He is known a as one of the biggest nortorious character to ever be in show.He made his last appearance on 22 March 2013.The main focal point of Brendan's characteristics was his 'villain' persona. Scanlan described Brendan's personality, saying: "I don't know how to describe him in five words. I don't think he is either good or bad. Brendan's a man who defines his own moral code and principles, and lives with the consequences. He's the type of dude that will hit you as quick as look at you, but never touch a girl. His principles may be different to yours or mine but he's not good or bad, he's just... Brendan." A Hollyoaks spokesperson has said that Brendan "loves having power over people."
August 2010 - Arrival
Brendan first arrives during a fight between Mercedes Fisher (Jennifer Metcalfe) and Cheryl. He holds Cheryl back, and introduces himself as Cheryl's brother. He then catches up with Cheryl and reveals he caught his wife Eileen in bed with another man, and so he left his wife and kids behind in Ireland. Cheryl is sympathetic towards him. Whilst staying with Cheryl, Brendan steals £20 from her wallet. Later on in The Dog in the Pond, Cheryl mentions how she was unable to buy The Loft nightclub. Brendan tells her he has a friend called Danny Houston (Darren Day) who could help out. Barman Carl Costello (Paul Opacic) recognises the name and warns Malachy Fisher (Glen Wallace) that Danny is shady and potentially dangerous. Malachy confronts Brendan about this, but Brendan warns him to mind his own business. The McQueen home is robbed by Veronica (Lynsey McLaren), an accomplice of Brendan's. Brendan begins working as a manager at Chez Chez after Cheryl goes into partnership with Danny. Brendan then robs the club, but is recognised by Malachy. Cheryl does not believe that Brendan is responsible for the theft of the club's takings. To cover his tracks, Brendan later frames Veronica, who is arrested.
September 2010 - Dealing Drugs
With Declan being sick, Eileen is asking Brendan for money. Not having enough, Brendan uses drugs to get it. He befriends Carmel McQueen, who is still grieving the death of her husband, and uses her to smuggle drugs into clubs and from Spain. He eventually turns her down and wants to remain friends, but that friendship ends when Carmel accidently burns the drugs.
Ste catches on that Brendan is smuggling drugs, he warns Jacqui and tries to protect both Carmel and later Amy from getting involved. He only succeeds with Amy as Brendan forces him to chose which one of them he will take to Spain.
When Ste finds out why Brendan needs to raise money, he expresses concern for him. In spite of Brendan warning Ste many times to not get involved in his business, Ste does it anyway and at some point Brendan stops warning him.
March 2013 - Departure
Brendan returns to Chez Chez and opens up to Ste about the abuse. Ste tells Brendan he should tell Cheryl everything. Cheryl later gets a package with a USB inside showing the night Seamus apologized for the abuse. She also discovers a gun left behind in the house by Simon Walker on the night he held Brendan and Seamus hostage. Meanwhile, a drunk Seamus shows up at the club and taunts Brendan before beating him and attempting to sexually abuse him once again. Cheryl however walks in on this and shoots her father. Ste hears the shot from outside and calls the police. Brendan comforts Cheryl and tells her everything. When the police arrive, he says that he will take the blame in order for her to live her life. He steps out onto the balcony with the gun lodged in the back of his belt. He puts his hands to his head and shouts to the police:
"My name is Brendan Seamus Brady from North Dublin, and this is my final confession. I am responsible for the murders of Daniel Houston, Michael Cornish, Florence Brady, D.I Walker and Seamus Brady, my father. No one died that didn't deserve to die."
Cheryl then notices that the bullets are in the pocket of Brendan's jacket, which he has left with her; realising what he intends to do, she screams that the gun isn't loaded, hoping the police will hold their fire. Ste tries to push past police. Brendan then mutters to himself, "In the next life, Steven." He shuts the door to Chez Chez and pulls his gun on police, meaning to be shot dead by their snipers. A bullet hits him and he collapses. In the next episode (Brendan's last) it is revealed that the gunshot wasn't lethal, and he is seen in hospital. He and Ste talk before the police drag Brendan away. He tells Steven that he changed everything. Brendan Seamus Brady is then escorted to prison.
- Danny Houston-December 2010: Bashed to death with a hammer as Warren Fox watches on in the basement of Chez Chez after Danny threatens to kill Ste.
- Flo Brady-September 2012: Smothered as she embraced him after pleading for his forgiveness.
- Simon Walker-March 2013: Kicked in front of an oncoming train at the end of his and Brendan's fight.
- Total: 3
When (in December 2010) Danny Houston threatened to kill Ste Hay Brendan saw red and picked up the hammer and bashed Danny to death Warren Fox was witness to this and he helped Brendan dispose of Danny's body. In 2012 Brendan found out from his dying grandmother Flo that she had known his father Seamus Brady was sexually abusing him but had failed to try to prevent it. Brendan, angered and upset, killed her. In March 2013, Walker's campaign of vengeance against Brendan, which threatened the lives of everyone Brendan loved, culminated in a fight between the two enemies on a railway viaduct. Walker got the upper hand, until Brendan managed to push Walker into the path of an oncoming train. That same week, after his sister Cheryl Brady killed their father, Brendan confessed to responsibility for five deaths, in the expectation that his subsequent attempt at 'suicide by cop' would be successful.
First And Last LinesEdit
"Surprise!" (First line to his sister Cheryl Brady)
Trivia and Awards Edit
Brendan was originally meant to be in the show for six months, leaving at the intended conclusion of the domestic abuse storyline with Ste. Owing to the character's popularity, however, he eventually stayed on for just over two and a half years.
Emmett won several awards for his portrayal of Brendan Brady.
British Soap award (2011) - Best Newcomer and Best Villain
British Soap award (2013) - Best Partnership along with Kieron Richardson (making them the first and thus far only LGBTQ+ pairing to win this award.)
Inside Soap Awards (2011) Best Love Triangle - Rae/ Ste/ Brendan.
Brendan had two introduction shots.
2010-2011: Brendan's first shot had a close-up of Brendan standing in a room of candles stroking his moustache with his mouth wide open, he then shuts his mouth looks suspicious and quickly turns away and does a small spin.
2011-2013: Brendan's second and final shot has Brendan standing in the same room but this time he is standing far away from the camera holding a handful of cards, he then throws the cards and one of them passes the camera and reveals the Hollyoaks logo.