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Darren Osborne (né Mark Roscoe) is the son of Jack Osborne and Sandy Roscoe, the adoptive-son of Celia Osborne and the half-brother of Ruth Osborne, Bethany Johnson, Joe, Freddie, Ziggy, Jason and Robbie Roscoe. He is the estranged husband of Mandy Richardson, the ex-husband of Hannah Ashworth and Nancy Osborne (whom he is also dating), the father of Jack Osborne II, Francine and Oscar Osborne, the adoptive father of Darren Osborne Jr. and the foster father of Brooke Hathaway.

His father's infidelity in 1991 exposed, Darren struggled to come to terms with his parents' divorce and objected to each of his father's succeeding marriages. Darren's teenage years saw him become somewhat of a philanderer; flirtatious in nature and embarking on brief relationships with several women - including his own cousin! A gambling addiction and encouraging Jack to fake his death for life insurance saw Darren almost lose his family, but overtime he matured and re-built bridges.

After a marriage-on-a-whim to Hannah Ashworth, Darren found love with Nancy Hayton - albeit not without its challenges. Darren discovered that an affair with Suzanne Ashworth in 2010 left her pregnant with twins, but Suzanne took them back to Spain with her after birth. Darren and Nancy married in 2012, with Nancy being the legal carer of her nephew, Charlie. After a miscarriage, Nancy gave birth to a premature son which the pair named Oscar, and later fostered Brooke Hathaway.

The pair divorced in 2013 after Sienna Blake, obsessed with Darren, drove a wedge between the pair. Nancy an Darren remarried in 2014, but divorced again in 2020. Darren reunited with ex-girlfriend Mandy Richardson to which the pair believed he was the father of their newborn son after Ollie Morgan lied about the DNA test results. The pair married in 2021, but Darren separated from Mandy shortly afterwards upon learning that she knew of Charlie's false imprisonment for the murder of Jordan Price. He has since reconciled with Nancy.


1996-1997: Arrival & Departure[]

Darren arrived in the village with his family in November 1996 after his father, Jack Osborne, purchased The Dog in the Pond from Greg Andersen. He quickly made friends with Max Cunningham. The pair got into trouble together after downloading pornography from a porn site, and storing the files on a floppy disk. Darren lost the disk, but it was discovered and destroyed by their teacher, Dennis Richardson. In 1997, Darren and his family discovered that Jack had fathered Dawn Cunningham (the close friend of Darren's sister, Ruth)'s daughter, Beth, after Beth became ill and needed a kidney transplant. This resulted in Celia announcing that she wanted a divorce, and Darren decided to move to the United States with Celia in June 1997.

1999-2000: Return & Luke's Attack[]

In September 1999, Celia sent Darren to live with Jack so Jack could keep a closer eye on him after he got into trouble whilst in the United States. Darren was not impressed by his step-siblings, Kate, Gina and Sol, a feeling also shared with Ruth. Darren and Sol often butted heads as a result.

Darren ended up befriending Luke Morgan, and defended Luke when he started getting trouble from Mark Gibbs. Unknown to Darren, Luke was raped by Mark in March 2000. Luke became distant from Mandy, and Mandy ended up breaking up with Luke. Mandy decided to try make Luke jealous by getting with Darren, which Darren was more than happy to do as he tried to get Mandy to fall in love with him.

Luke later revealed that he had been raped. When Darren suggested that Luke might be gay and responsible for his own rape, a disgusted Mandy broke up with him and reconciled with Luke. After trashing Ruth's flat, Darren was kicked out and he decided to return to America.

2003-2004: Return & Scott's "Death"[]

Darren returned to the village in October 2003. Darren was left unimpressed by Norman Sankofa, whom Jack allowed to move in after developing a friendship with him following the death of his brother, Theo, a year prior. Darren also continued to misbehave, but blamed his behaviour on Jack betraying the family. Darren also took a disliking to and clashed with Max, despite the pair getting on before Darren left the village in 1997. After Gordon Cunningham took Max and Jack took Darren to anger management sessions, the pair began to get along and Darren made amends with Jack.

Darren also met and fell for his cousin, Natalie Osborne, and the pair slept together at Christmas 2003. However, afterwards, Natalie began rejecting Darren. Darren later began a relationship with Debbie Dean after her boyfriend, Dan Hunter, broke up with her after being falsely imprisoned for the murder of Toby Mills. Natalie began to get jealous and delighted in telling Debbie about Darren's former relationship with Mandy. Darren later told Debbie that he loved her, which made the pair grow closer. However, their next date went badly and the pair separated. Following the diasterous date, Darren ended up sleeping with Natalie.

In February 2004, Darren began working for local gangster Scott Anderson. Jack was delighted at Darren getting a job and growing up, unaware who Darren was working for. Darren later got involved in Scott's credit card fraud scam, but ended up framing Scott. Scott was arrested in June 2004 and was furious to learn that Darren had set him up in an attempt to get him out of the village.

Scott held Darren prisoner inside The Loft and set fire to the club. Darren tried to attack Scott in order to get the keys, and pushed Scott, causing him to fall through the balcony railing and down a flight of stairs. Scott pleaded for Darren's help but Darren took the keys and left Scott to die. Darren felt guilty over Scott's death, but was shocked to discover that there were no bodies found inside The Loft.

2004: Beth's Return & Jack's Collapse[]

In September 2004, Darren met a girl named Beth, and flirted with her. He tried to convince her to sleep with him, but she refused. Darren was shocked to discover that she was, in fact, his half-sister. Beth's return put a strain on Jack and Darren's relationship, as he felt jealous over the pair spending time together. Darren began blanking his father as he begun to lie to Darren over Beth.

In October 2004, Darren was shocked to find Jack collapsed. Jack's collapse was later revealed to be caused by kidney failure and Darren was worried that Jack may die. In his worry, he made clear that he blamed Beth, but it soon became clear that Darren blamed himself. Darren became scared to leave Jack by himself in case he collapsed again, and made an effort in restoring his relationship with his father.

2004-2005: Relationship with Debbie/Meeting Louise & Kidnap[]

Debbie later slept with Darren after discovering that Dan was in a relationship with Steph Dean, and delighted in telling Dan about it. Dan confronted Darren, who wound up Dan. Dan snapped and attacked Darren, and felt no guilt afterwards. Darren pressed charges against Dan, and Dan was subsequently arrested, potentially facing a second prison stint. Darren later ended up dropping the charges after being convinced to do so by Debbie. Not long afterwards, Dan was killed when his rally car exploded on Christmas Day 2004.

In January 2005, Darren went on holiday to Magaluf. In February, he returned with holiday girlfriend Louise Summers, but the pair did not continue their relationship. Shortly after his return to England, he received a threatening phone call from a loan shark. Ben Davies and Russ Owen tried to help Darren and the trio managed to raise the money. However, they were shocked to learn who the money was for - Scott! Scott kidnapped the trio, but ended up realising Ben and Russ, who rang the police. Scott began attacking Darren, but the police arrived and Scott was arrested.

2005-2006: Relationship with the Deans[]

Jack later fell in love with Frankie Dean, who's husband had run off with another woman. Jack proposed to Frankie and she accepted. Darren became friends with Frankie's son, Craig, who was surprised to find a friend in Darren after venting about his family's housing situation. Darren also got along with Frankie, but Steph continued to despise Darren for the situation with Dan. However, Darren mistook Frankie's friendliness and made a pass at her, shocking Frankie. After the incident, an embarrassed Darren decided to go to London for a few days. Upon his return, Darren managed to get a job as the manager of the SU Bar.

Darren had a one-night-stand with Mel Burton, who had fallen for him and was left hurt when he revealed that it was a one-night-stand. Mel later exacted her revenge after Darren confused her for her identical twin sister, Sophie Burton, who worked at the SU Bar. Darren's friendship with Craig grew as Darren bought a car and taught Craig how to drive. Darren also helped Craig get into a strip club (despite Craig only being 17 at the time). In January 2006, when Darlene Taylor went on a path of self-destruction and used Craig, Darren tried to make Craig see what Darlene was doing. However, Craig ended up plotting against Darren. When Craig's revenge resulted in him trying to punch Darren, the pair properly fell out. Jack tried to reconcile the pair, but the pair never properly repaired their friendship.

Darren began to struggle with the idea of Frankie becoming his step-mother, but eventually came round and attended Frankie and Jack's wedding in August 2005.

2006: The Dog in the Pond Explosion[]

In September 2006, Darren was working in The Dog in the Pond when escaped prisoner Sam Owen doused the exterior in petrol, and burst in branding a lighter. A fight ensued in the chaos. When Calvin Valentine picked up a glass and smashed it over Sam's head, Sam dropped the lighter, which resulted in the pub exploding. Darren managed to find the fire extinguisher and tried to extinguish the flames, but struggled and ended up evacuating. The fire resulted in the deaths of Sam, Sophie, Mel, Joe Spencer and Olivia Johnson, and left the Deans & Osbornes homeless.

The pair ended up staying in a hotel, ran by Mrs. Temple. Mrs. Temple took a disliking to the Deans and Osbornes, except for Jake Dean. During the six week stay, the family broke every single of the hotel rules and ended up being thrown out (although, Mrs. Temple offered Jake a job, which he declined).

2007-2008: Relationship with Zoe & Gambling Addiction/Homelessness[]

In April 2007, Darren began a relationship with Jessica Harris. However, the pair decided not to continue their relationship as Jessica was in love with Kris Fisher. Zoe Carpenter was attracted to Darren, which he was unaware of until Zak Ramsey set them up on a date. Darren was also Russ's best man at his wedding to Mercedes McQueen, managing to find Russ and convince him to marry Mercedes (with the help of Aleksander Malota). Later, Darren lied to Zak that he had slept with Zoe, but Zoe broke up with him on the belief that he only wanted to sleep with her. However, she later forgave him and they reconciled.

Darren was unhappy when Frankie and Jack decided that they wanted to become foster parents, and did not take a liking to Daisy. However, he later changed his mind. When Daisy was due to return home, Darren gave her a baseball cap of his that she liked. Frankie and Darren later fostered Newt.

Darren began gambling, but failed to win a majority of the time. He found himself in debt as he continued to lose whilst gambling, and borrowed money. Zoe was shocked when she discovered how much debt Darren was in. Darren took £200 from Zoe, which she later discovered was Darren, and broke up with him. Darren later went gambling with Jessica, and won. He purchased a camera and made things right with Zoe. Darren decided that he was going to stop gambling, but after a fight with Zoe, he went out to a casino with Jessica. The pair won big again, and ended up having sleeping together. Zoe discovered that Darren had lied to him about his gambling and left him, so Darren went out gambling with Jessica and the pair slept together again.

Darren had another losing streak, and ended up pawning some of Frankie's jewellery when a heavy threatened to harm Zoe. Newt was framed, but Darren eventually felt guilty. Darren gambled with Warren Fox, and lost his 50% share of The Dog in the Pond to him. At the same time, Frankie discovered that Darren had pawned her jewellery. The shock caused Jack to suffer a heart attack and Frankie, blaming Darren, threw him out, leaving Darren to live in Jack's car. Warren offered to sell Darren his share for £100,000 before 1st January 2008. Darren managed to get £200,000, but Jessica stole the money and fled the village on the night of New Year's Eve.

When Darren was unable to track down Jessica and retrieve the money, Jack refused to let Darren stay in his car, and Darren ended up at a homeless shelter. Newt later found Darren living on the streets and tried to help him. Newt stole Jack's car for Darren, but Jack was furious and gave Darren a wad of cash and told him to leave. However, Newt later made Jack feel guilty for throwing Darren out when Newt told him of being abandoned by his mother, and allowed Darren to stay.

Jack later took out a loan to pay Warren the money for The Dog in the Pond, unaware he was overheard by thugs Carl and Anthony. Carl and Anthony later held everyone at gunpoint in exchange for the money. Darren broke free of the police barrier, but was shot by Anthony, who sped away and left Carl to be arrested. Darren later made a full recovery.

Jake had a mental breakdown over the custody battle for his adoptive son, Charlie Dean. He took Charlie from his wife, Nancy Hayton, and banned her from Charlie's christening. He christened Charlie with Steph and Darren as godparents. When it was revealed that Jake had tried to rape Nancy on their wedding night, Jake tried to kill himself and Charlie. Frankie later helped hide Jake after he survived the attempt (after being left for dead by Nancy, who rescued Charlie), but Darren caught her taking money from the till and informed Jack.

2009-2010: Relationship with Hannah[]

To be added.

2010-2013: Relationship with Nancy and True Parentage[]

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2013-2015: Relationship with Sienna and Maxine[]

To be added.

2015-2018: Rekindle with Nancy[]

To be added.

2018-2019: Affair/Rekindle with Mandy[]

To be added.

2020-2021: Depression and Charlie's imprisonment/marriage to Mandy[]

To be added.

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Kill Count[]



Attempted Murders[]

  1. Scott Anderson, 10th June 2004 - Pushed Scott through the balcony railing of The Loft when Scott trapped Darren inside as he set fire to the building. Darren took the keys and left Scott for dead, but Scott turned up alive a few months later.

Other Information[]

Background Information[]

Introduction Sequence[]

  • 2010-2013: Darren throws a bouquet of flowers at the camera.
  • 2013-2016: Darren stands in a room full of cogs, looking at the camera which zooms into his eye to reveal the Hollyoaks logo.
  • 2016-2018: Darren rides on a carousel with Nancy.
  • 2018-2019: Darren rides on a carousel alone.
  • 2019-: Darren attends a party inside The Hutch with Mandy, Ella, Luke, Oscar, Charlie, Jack, Nancy and Kyle. (Kyle removed after his exit)


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