|Character Profile||List of appearances|
Ella Richardson is the daughter of Mandy Richardson and her then-partner, Mark.
2007-2016: Birth and Upbringing
Ella was born in August 2007 to Mandy and a man named Mark, with Mandy sending ex-husband Tony Hutchinson a letter to inform him of the birth. In June 2008, Mandy brought Ella to Hollyoaks for her step-brother Max Cunningham's wedding to Steph Dean. Max was fatally struck by a car by a drunken Niall Rafferty after the wedding, so Mandy and Ella stayed for the funeral. Mandy took Ella and left in December 2008 after embarking on an affair with Warren Fox which was discovered by his fiancée Louise Summers. Mandy later returned to Mark, but left him and Ella again in 2010 after re-igniting her affair with Warren. Mandy again returned to Ella and Mark in September 2011 after her attempted reconciliation with Tony failed to work out.
By 2017, Mandy had taken Ella as she left Mark again, reuniting with ex-boyfiend Luke Morgan. Luke, however, was an alcoholic and Ella was taken into care by social services shortly after the trio made a permanent return to Hollyoaks. Mandy struggled without Ella and kidnapped her from her foster home, but Mandy later returned her. Ella returned to Mandy's care in January 2018.
Mandy and Luke later separated after Mandy embarked on an affair with Darren Osborne. Mandy began a relationship with Darren and Mandy, Ella and Darren moved into 7 Weirside View. Ella befriended Charlie Dean, who Darren had become close to through his marriage with Charlie's guardian Nancy Osborne. In October 2019, Ella and Charlie snuck onto the construction site for Cunningham's Grande Bazaar and into the underground tunnels. The pair were trapped when the tunnels caved in, but managed to escape.
2020-2021: Drug Dealing and Relationship with Charlie
In October 2020, Ella discovered that Charlie was dealing drugs for Jordan Price, as part of Victor Brothers's gang. Ella was also forced to deal drugs after being blackmailed into doing so by Juliet Nightingale. In December 2020, Victor attempted to force Ella to smuggle drugs inside of her body, but refused to do so. As she and Charlie attempted to hide from the dealers in The Hutch, Jordan found the pair under the table and Ella fatally stabbed him in Charlie's defence.
Charlie told the police that he had stabbed Jordan, with Mandy convincing Ella to go along with the lie until Nancy discovered a letter from Charlie in Ella's possession that proved that he was innocent. Charlie was subsequently released and Ella was arrested and charged without bail. Ella returned to the village in August 2021, having been convicted of manslaughter and receiving a youth rehabilitation order.
Ella's relationship with Mandy became strained, and she moved into 17 Basswood Road with Charlie, Nancy and Darren. Bonding over their experiences in prison, Charlie and Ella began a relationship which soon became sexual to Nancy and Darren's horror. Ella later confessed to Mandy as she believed that she was pregnant, so Mandy had Ella take a pregnancy test which came back negative. After Darren's disappearance, Ella became desperate to fall pregnant and surprised Charlie with her positive test in a Christmas cracker on Christmas Day.
- Jordan Price, 31st December 2020 - Stabbed in defence of Charlie Dean, during a struggle between Jordan and Charlie.
- 2019-: Ella attends a party inside The Hutch with Charlie, Oscar, Jack, Nancy, Kyle, Luke, Mandy and Darren. (Kyle removed after his exit)