|Character Profile||List of appearances|
Amanda "Mandy" Richardson (previously Hutchinson and Morgan) is the daughter of Helen and Dennis Richardson, the sister of Lewis Richardson, the half-sister of Tom Cunningham, the ex-wife of Tony Hutchinson, Luke Morgan and Darren Osborne, and the mother of Grace Hutchinson, Ella Richardson, and Darren Osborne Jr..
Mandy aspired to be a model, to the dismay of her abusive father. Despite his violent reactions to when she did something that he didn't like, Mandy continued to fight for her dreams and dated who she wanted. A relationship with Sol Patrick pushed Dennis over the edge and she ran away from home after Dennis raped her, faking her suicide when he managed to find her. Finding the courage to report him, assisted by her family and Sol, Dennis was sentenced to prison in December 1998.
In 1999, Mandy began a relationship with Luke Morgan, which took a turn for the worse when he became distant with her in March 2000. After using Darren Osborne in an attempt to make him jealous, Mandy discovered that Luke had been raped by Mark Gibbs and immediately jumped to his support, using her experience of reporting her father to help him get through the legal proceedings. Despite wanting a reconciliation with Luke, Mandy ended up dating Ben Davies and Luke left the village for Canada in 2001.
Mandy began a relationship with Tony Hutchinson, which struggled from the get-go. The family struggled to accept Tony due to his affair with Helen in 2003, and step-brother Max Cunningham started a hate campaign against Tony. Mandy struggled with the deaths of her mother and step-father, with Lewis having died by suicide in October 2001 and Dennis by liver cancer in December 2003. After a miscarriage, Mandy began physically abusing Tony but despite getting help after he was arrested for defending himself, Tony decided to leave for Rome where Mandy followed him. The pair married and Mandy discovered that she was pregnant.
Giving birth prematurely in October 2005, Mandy struggled to bond with the baby and only managed to do so after the death of another premature baby on the hospital ward. However, Mandy and Tony's baby Grace tragically died from SIDS in May 2006. Mandy began an affair with Tony's brother, Dom Reilly, ran away from home and decided to leave the village. Tony and Mandy would later reconcile in December 2008, but Tony decided that he couldn't move to Laos and left Mandy behind.
In 2010, Mandy returned with the supposedly deceased Warren Fox, wanting revenge on Tony. After an explosion at Tony's restaurant, Mandy and Tony reconciled but she left him suddenly in 2011. Mandy made brief appearances in the sixth season on Hollyoaks Later in October 2013 she then returned to Hollyoaks full time in 2017 with Luke and the pair married in 2018, but separated after Mandy's affair with Darren. Mandy and Darren also married in March 2021, but separated after a letter from Charlie Dean (who had been imprisoned for the murder of Jordan Price) revealed that Mandy's daughter Ella had killed him, and Mandy had kept it secret.
1996-1997: Arrival & Relationship with Ollie
Mandy arrived in the village and met Ollie Benson and Lee Stanley, whom were both left smitten by her. She also later befriended Cindy Cunningham. Mandy chose Ollie and the pair began a relationship. However, Mandy later caught Ollie in bed with another woman and broke things off with him.
Mandy was horrified to learn that Ollie had been left comatose following a car accident caused by Stan, and visited him in hospital. Both Stan and Ollie died of their injuries a week later.
Mandy later discovered that Cindy was pregnant with Stan's baby, but agreed to keep quiet as Cindy did not want to tell her family, especially after the leukemia diagnosis of her sister, Dawn. Cindy confided in Mandy at each stage of the pregnancy and attempted to call her when she went into labour on Christmas Day, but Mandy was unable to answer her phone.
1998: Rape and Fake Death
Mandy and her mother, Helen, began to regularly visit Mandy's brother, Lewis, at his new flat, to escape Mandy's violent father, Dennis. Mandy later began a relationship with Sol Patrick, and Mandy informed her family. Dennis reacted badly and later confronted Mandy, with Mandy dreading what was to come when Dennis closed the door behind them.
Following the attack, Mandy ran away from home. Dennis found her two months later, but Mandy escaped and faked her suicide in order to escape from her father. Sol held a memorial for Mandy. In October 1998, Lewis found Mandy in a hospital in London Mandy told Lewis about the sexual abuse at the hands of Dennis, and Lewis encouraged her to report Dennis to the police. When Lewis and Mandy returned home, Lewis found Dennis in the flat and attacked him, with Helen throwing Dennis out. Dennis tried to convince everyone that Mandy was lying, and tried to convince her to drop the charges, but Mandy and her family refused. Dennis was tried, found guilty and sentenced to seven years imprisonment.
1998-1999: Joining the Cunninghams
On Christmas Day 1998, Helen slept with local shop-owner and Cindy's father, Gordon Cunningham. However, Helen later discovered that she was pregnant. Lewis and Mandy tried to convince Helen to tell Gordon of her pregnancy, which she did after Sue Morgan discovered. Gordon proposed to Helen, but she rejected him. However, she later changed her mind and accepted. Mandy continued to get along with Cindy, but had the occasional run-in with Cindy's brother, Max. Mandy, Lewis, Max and Cindy all attended Gordon and Helen's wedding. Helen went into labour on Millenium Eve and Mandy helped deliver a son, whom Helen and Gordon named Tom.
1999-2000: Relationship with Luke
Mandy later met Luke Morgan, who was left smitten by her after finding a picture of her on Finn's bus. The pair dated and ignited a relationship. Luke was involved in a feud with Mark Gibbs, and Mandy, on occasion, defended Luke against him. However, Luke suddenly became recluse and shut himself off from everyone. Mandy thought that Luke had an affair and no longer wanted her, so she had a brief relationship with Ben Davies, and embarked on a relationship with Luke's friend, Darren Osborne, to try make Luke jealous. Luke attempted suicide by driving his car into a wall at speed, and survived. He later told his brother, Adam Morgan, that Mark had raped him. News reached Mandy and she made clear that she would be there to support him. When Darren made shocking comments about the rape, Mandy turned on Darren and properly reconciled with Luke.
2000-2001: Meeting Laura/Lewis's Death
Mandy later met student Laura Burns, whom she began a friendship with. However, unknown to Mandy, Laura became obsessed with Mandy. When Lewis committed suicide, Mandy struggled with the fact that Lewis had attempted to force himself on Ruth Osborne. This led to a major argument between Mandy and Helen, so Mandy decided to move out. Mandy was later upset to discover that Helen had scattered Lewis's ashes with Laura, and Laura had ultimately taken her place within the family. Mandy and Luke also began to drift apart, leaving their relationship status in question.
Mandy stayed with Chloe Bruce, who comforted Mandy over her argument with her mother. Mandy thought she had burned all her bridges, but Chloe assured her that Mandy still her and Matt Musgrove, and suggested that Luke might come around.
2002: Car Accident
Luke decided that he could no longer live in Hollyoaks and moved to Canada. Mandy later slept with Jamie Nash, which Adam later confronted her about. Whilst driving, Mandy swerved to avoid a fox on the road and drove into a forest. She collided with a tree (which was felled in the crash), and the ground beneath the car began to give way, with the car rolling down the hill and landing on railway tracks. The car was later discovered and the pair were rushed to hospital. Mandy was left with no permanent injuries, but Adam was left paralysed from the waist down.
Mandy faced a charge of dangerous driving, and attempted to blame the mechanics for failing to inspect her car properly. However, Mandy was charged with dangerous driving and received a driving ban.
Mandy later began a relationship with Toby Mills. However, Toby broke up with Mandy, claiming that she was "too possessive". Luke returned for his parents' wedding, and Mandy tried to convince him to reconcile with her. Luke told her that his life was now in Canada and that he visited her to say goodbye. She offered to move to Canada with him, but he refused, and returned to Canada alone.
2002: Murder Attempt
Laura's obsession with Mandy began to spiral out of control. When her brother, Brendan Shepherd, arrived in the village, Laura booked plane tickets for herself and Mandy to move to Cape Town, South Africa. Mandy was suspicious of Laura and refused to leave with Laura. Laura grabbed a glass bottle and smashed it over Mandy's head, and kept her prisoner in the flat. Meanwhile, Brendan revealed that Laura's name was actually "Kerry Shepherd", and Laura Burns was the name of Kerry's late best friend. Laura attempted to poison herself and Mandy, but Mandy ran and locked herself inside the bathroom. Mandy attempted to send a text message but Laura took her phone and destroyed it. A weak Mandy later managed to grab a paperweight, and threw it through the window, catching the attention of Max, Adam and Tony Hutchinson, who called the police, broke into the flat and rescued Mandy from Laura, who was arrested.
2003: Dennis's Release
Mandy began a relationship with Tony, despite Tony's affair with Helen only a few months prior. Max, who was in love with Mandy, was insistent on splitting them up, but Mandy was insistent on staying with Tony.
Mandy was later informed that Dennis has been released from prison early, and he later sent her a letter, wanting to see her. Mandy reluctantly decided to visit him, where Dennis informed her that he was suffering from liver cirrhosis and was likely to die. He asked Mandy for a second chance and left Mandy to decide, but decided that she did not want to give Dennis a second chance, and bought him a bottle of alcohol to quicken his death. Dennis was cremated and Mandy was called to collect his ashes, which she took home and tipped down the drain.
2004: Gordon and Helen's Deaths
Whilst driving in the car with Tom, Helen and Gordon were struck by an oncoming truck. Tom was uninjured in the crash, whilst Gordon and Helen were left hospitalised. Gordon suffered a heart attack in hospital, which proved to be fatal, whilst Helen also died from injuries undiscovered from the crash a few days later.
Gordon's will named Mandy as Tom's caregiver, but Mandy struggled looking after Tom, and made plans to send Tom to boarding school as soon as he turned five years old. However, Max had a bond with Tom, and decided that he would care for Tom instead, with help from his best friend, O.B.
2005-2006: Relationship with Tony
and Tony got engaged, and later discovered that she was pregnant, but she suffered a miscarriage. Mandy struggled to come to terms with the miscarriage and Helen's death, and began behaving physically abusive towards Tony. Tony hit Mandy in self-defence and was arrested, but he kept quiet about the abuse, not wanting to get Mandy into trouble. Mandy began to worry that she was inheriting her father's abusive behaviours, and told the police what really happened, and sought professional help.
Despite Mandy receiving help and Tony giving Tom the best Christmas he could, Mandy and Tony's relationship struggled. Tony decided to leave for Rome, but Mandy decided that she wanted Tony and followed him over. Whilst there, the pair reconciled and the pair decided to marry, returning to the village as "Mr. & Mrs. Hutchinson". Mandy moved in with Tony, and Max, O.B. and Tom later joined them when the Cunninghams' house was gutted in a fire started by Tom lighting fireworks.
Mandy is left horrified when Tom goes missing in March 2005 along with Max and spends weeks looking for him but his eventually found by April 2005. Mandy would later become close with Tony's biological half-brother, Dominic Reilly who was thought to have been Tony' cousin when he arrives in the village September 2005, Mandy finally gives birth in late October 2005 to a baby girl she names, Grace Hutchinson sadly Grace would die from SIDs in May 2006 while being looked after by Nancy Hayton and this put a strain on Mandy and Tony's relationship and Mandy would depart by June 2006.
2007-2008: Returns, Max's Death & Affair with Warren Fox
Mandy would return 7 months after her original departure in February 2007 when she turns up for her friends, Becca Dean whom was murdered in prison, after the funeral Mandy catches up with Tony and the two would have a heart to heart over Grace and what they been up too, Mandy would tell Tony she is actually currently pregnant to a man named Mark the two then would day they're goodbyes and Mandy would depart once more. Tony would later express his delight when Mandy would contact him a few months later telling Tony shes giving birth to another girl whom she named Ella.
Mandy again returns over a year later by June 2008 along with her year old daughter, Ella, Mandy was preparing form her step brothers Max's wedding too Steph Dean during her return Mandy would begin to clash with Jacqui McQueen whom is currently in a relationship with Tony and she reveals to her loved ones that shes split from Ella's father, Mark. Mandy is heartbroken when Max's wedding by July 2008 ends in tragedy when Max is ran over and killed by Niall Rafferty.
Mandy would do her best to support her family and Max's friends and she would decide to stay put and later meet up with old friend in Louise Summers whom Mandy would decide to plan Louise's wedding to Warren Fox however Mandy would grow close with Warren and sleep with him and the two would begin a affair for months but Mandy is left shocked when Louise tells her that Warren murdered her ex husband, Sean Kennedy and this leads Mandy to help set up Warren but unaware that Louise is in fact planning to murder Warren and plant it on Mandy but when the wedding arrives by December 2008, Warren discovers Louise's plan and kills her and Mandy later decides to leave the country with Tony and later tells him she not be able to have anymore children and this leads Tony to later abandon Mandy.
2010-2011: Revenge on Tony, Blackmailing Warren & Departure
Mandy arrives back in the village by October 2010 where she has a catch up with Steph whom is dying of cervical cancer as she tells Darren this is the reason shes arrived back in the village after Darren quizzed her. Mandy later bumps into Tony again and instead if showing any anger towards Tony, Mandy goes for a drink with Tony and the two seem on even terms however its later revealed a week after Warren was still alive that Mandy is in a relationship with him and they plan to get revenge on Tony for leaving Mandy abroad.
However Mandy soon starts to have second thoughts about getting revenge and shes devastated to learn Warren has targeted a desperate Dominic and that he was behind Fom setting fire to Gnosh Village which lead to the deaths of Steph and Malachy Fisher and by January 2011 its revealed that Mandy blackmailed Warren by sending texts over the murder of Dale Greer whom Warren murdered in order to fake his death by having Dale identifie as him when Warren finds out this he threatens Mandy whom leaves the village for months and returns in May 2011 where Warren would forgive her and the two move on but Mandy would depart by September 2011.
2013: Later Vision
Mandy is seen in the sixth season of Hollyoaks Later when she appears in Tony's dream as his battling Cancer and is seeing visions of their daughter, Grace.
2017-2021: Return, Affair with Darren, Ella's imprisonment & Departure
Mandy makes yet another return by July 2017 and its revealed that shes rekindled her relationship with Luke and that shes supporting him as Luke is now developed alcoholism. Mandy again blackmails Warren over his affair with Grace Black having seen and over heard the two talking however Warren does pay her but warns Mandy not to blackmail him again. Mandy then focuses on her relationship with Luke and the two move back into Hollyoaks. Mandy also kisses Tony and later has social services on her back because of Luke leaving Ella home alone.
By 2018, Mandy would tire of Luke's behaviour and begins to fall for Darren and vice versa but Darren is married to Nancy however this does not stop the two from embarking on a affair for months on end despite their affair Mandy plans to marry Luke and is shocked to discover his already married to a woman named Scarlett and the two have a son named Oliver Morgan. Mandy's and Darren's affair is finally exposed by leading to the two of them finally starting a proper relationship however Mandy would fall pregnant and give birth to a baby boy whom she names DJ however he suffers from Spina Bifida and is relieved to be Luke's son not Darren's as originally believed. In between all these dramas Mandy discovers her parents killer Milo Entwistle was watching her family until his found out later in the year.
Mandy supports Luke throughout 2020 months after his diagnosised with FTD and in December 2020, Mandy helps cover up a murder after her daughter kills drug dealer Jordan Price by lying too Charlie's family whom is taking the blame and manipulates Charlie into keep taking the blame however by March 2021, Mandy is found out and Ella is sent to prison but is released after a few months inside where Mandy would allow Ella to live with Charlie, Darren and Nancy as Darren has chosen to go back to Nancy rather then be with Mandy . Mandy is last seen in December 2021 when Luke's FTD gets worse as by January 2022, Mandy leaves her family a letter stating shes moved to Los Angeles.
- 2017: Mandy is seen walking in the village in a red dress and is later on the screen with Luke.
- 2019-2021: Mandy attends a party inside The Hutch with Luke, Ella, Darren, Luke, Jack, Oscar, Charlie, Nancy and Kyle. (Kyle removed after his exit)
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— First line, to Ollie Benson.