Romeo Quinn was brought-up by his mother Donna-Marie Quinn. Romeo arrived in the village in search of his real father 'James Nightingale' in 2018. Romeo currently lives with his father James. In Summer 2018, Romeo worked with Prince to host "summer-rave parties".
Romeo and LilyEdit
When Romeo moves to Hollyoaks he falls in love with Lily McQueen then befriends her and her husband Prince McQueen. Romeo moves in with the couple and becomes closer with them until, unaware to Prince, Lily and Romeo kiss. Lily feels guilty so starts to distance herself from Romeo, telling Prince he is trouble. Shortly after Romeo is rejected by his father James Nightingale which causes him to move away for a short period of time. When he returns he moves back in with Lily and Prince. Romeo and Lily become friends again and continue to have multiple deep conversations. As Hollyoaks storm week arrives Romeo confesses his love for Lily, she tries to stand firm and not betray her husband but her true feelings begin to show when she follows Romeo out into the storm. After the jetty collapses, causing Lily to fall into the pond, Romeo saves her and later she kisses him outside of the pub which she later blames on her being weak after he saved her.
Lily’s husband Prince finds a lump on his testicle causing the couple to drift apart and only a week after Prince tells Romeo about the lump, Romeo and Lily sleep together after Lily stands up for Romeo to his dad. Lily regrets this in the morning. Lily tries to rekindle her romance with Prince, however Prince is still nervous about the lump and rejects her time and time again. Romeo tells Prince not to tell Lily about the lump saying it will break her and later he tells Lily he thinks Prince is having an affair. Lily shouts at Prince about his loyalty, even though she hasn't been loyal herself, and Prince ends it with Lily. Lily buys tickets to travel around the world and asks Romeo to go with her which he agrees to.
Just before Lily is about to leave Nana McQueen tells her that Prince is in hospital about to have an operation for cancer and she rushes to see him. In hospital Prince tells Lily Romeo knew about the cancer and he told him not say anything which leads to Lily being distraught. Prince and Lily continue their relationship until on Christmas Day Prince finds the ticket Lily bought, accuses her of wanting to run away with another man then despite her pleas Prince leaves to visit his brother in Brighton. Lily is upset about Prince leaving so her friend Yasmine Maalik and Romeo’s uncle Alfie Nightingale set them up on a date unaware of their past. They have an argument when Yaz, Alfie and Tom leave to get snacks and when they return Romeo messes around and punches Sami Maalik which gets him arrested.
After convincing his dad to fight for Harry, Romeo follows his own advice and tries to make things right with Lily. At first she denies him, but after he goes to her house and tells her how much she means to him she agrees to be friends with him again. The next day, after a short conversation where Romeo tells Lily how much she means to him, Romeo and Lily kiss whilst Diane Hutchinson (Lily’s aunt) watches on unaware to the two. Later on Diane says some harsh words to Lily about herself and Romeo which leads to Lily self-harming again.
A month later, after going to Jame’s flat to confess her love for Romeo, Lily sees Romeo and Cindy Cunningham hugging and is convinced they are together. After the misunderstanding is cleared up, Romeo and Lily kiss and decide to see where their relationship could go. Romeo buys Lily a charm bracelet, but when he goes to put it on her he discovers that she is self harming again. They have a conversation where Romeo tries to convince Lily to stop self harming even going as far to say that every time Lily self harms he will as well, so she knows how it feels to have someone you love hurt themselves.
Romeo breaks down and admits that Lily’s addiction reminds him of his mother’s, so she hands him her self harming kit. They confess their love for each other and become girlfriend and boyfriend, however straight after this Prince returns. The next day Prince tries to win Lily back, but as he asks her to be his wife again she tells him that she has gotten with Romeo. Prince realises everything about Lily and Romeo’s cheating, so he punches him and confronts him about it. Later on the teens (Lily, Romeo, Prince, Peri, Harley and Tom) all talk about their relationship where Romeo and Lily both say they get each other and think they are soulmates. As Romeo and Prince come from different directions Lily admits that she wants to be with Romeo leaving Prince heartbroken.
For weeks Lily keeps self harming and Diane tells Prince and Romeo to stay away from Lily as she believes they make her mental health worse. After having a massive panic attack at school Lily admits herself into a mental health ward. As Romeo prepares to go on the run Juliet tells him that Lily is in hospital to try and get him to stay and Romeo goes to visit Lily. After saying their goodbyes, as Romeo is leaving Lily tells him she wants to go with him.
Lily tells Romeo that she self harms because around other people she can’t be herself, that she will stop when she’s with Romeo because he’s all she needs and after a lot of convincing Romeo says she can go with him. Romeo goes off to get more money and Lily bumps into her friends Peri Lomax and Yasmine Maalik who try and convince her to stay at the hospital, but she convinces them to let her go and to not tell anyone where she’s going. At the hospital Lily’s test results come back and they reveal she has sepsis. Farrah Maalik (Lily’s councillor) tells Diane and Tony who go into panic about where Lily is.
Lily admits to Romeo that she doesn’t want to stop self harming as it’s who she is. She tells him that she’s tried to be perfect, but she’s not strong enough. Romeo becomes worried about whether it’s the right thing for Lily to be on the run with him. Lily tells Romeo that she’s tried to control her life and that now the only way she can be happy is if she‘s in a situation that she can’t control (being on the run with Romeo). Lily almost faints as she’s growing weaker because of the sepsis she contracted.
At the train station Lily feels faint and is shivering a lot, but she brushes it off as the flu. Diane tells Prince about Lily’s sepsis and Prince tells Peri and Yasmine who reveal to Diane and Tony where Lily is. Lily tells Romeo that she doesn’t want to give up on her dreams as she wants to make her mum proud and that she imagines living her life with Prince rather than him. Romeo tells her to go back to the hospital to get better, to achieve her dreams in life and that he might not be her person but she is his. Lily goes to the bathroom where she collapses. Prince, Diane and Tony arrive at the station and beg Romeo to tell them where Lily is because they need to get her to the hospital quickly which Romeo does. They run to the bathroom and discover Lily lying on the floor, but as Prince tries to resuscitate her they realise that she has died leaving everyone sobbing in the bathroom.
When Romeo’s father James Nightingale was 16, James’ homophobic father Mac Nightingale forces James to sleep with the prostitute Donna-Marie Quinn to try and turn him straight, Romeo was then born. After living with just his mother and sister all his life Romeo enters Hollyoaks with the intention of finding his dad. Romeo is too scared to visit his dad, but after 2 months of being in Hollyoaks Village, he finally meets James, however James mistakes him for a beggar. Romeo breaks into James’ house, to try and learn more about him, and he discovers Harry Thompson half naked in his living room even though Harry is set to marry Ste Hay. Romeo’s mother is skint and pressures her son into getting her some money so Romeo tries to blackmail Harry to get £3000. Harry suspects James, but when he confronts him he realises it wasn’t him. When Harry is supposed to meet Romeo to give him the money James goes instead, he calls him out for not having any proof, then realises it was Romeo that broke into his house which he threatens him with.
Romeo talks with Lily about his dad and realises he has to make James pay for leaving him with his drug addicted mother all this time. He goes and gets proof of James and Harry’s affair by takeing a picture of James and Harry kissing. James sees him doing this and chases him down. James confronts him and asks why he would risk getting proof after James threatened to have him arrested for breaking and entering. Romeo says some people deserve to pay which makes James realise that if he can’t be happy, Harry shouldn’t be happy either. James and Romeo plot to ruin Harry and Ste’s wedding by exposing the affair by placing key rings of James and Harry kissing in the guests bags. Harry guilts James with the fact that his sister is in hospital in a coma, so James decides against the plan and requests Romeo to remove the key rings if he wants to get paid. After 4 months of being in the village Romeo finally tells James that he is his son and James horribly rejects him. Romeo moves away for a month following the rejection.
Mac taunts James about hating his son just like how he hates James and James tries to prove he is nothing like his psychotic father by buying his skint son some shoes. Romeo rejects his fathers present, but later James and Romeo have an awkward bonding session where Mac, unaware to the pair, watches over. Mac, angry that his son might develop a bond with Romeo, plots with Romeo’s desperate mother. Donna-Marie falsely tells Romeo that James knew he existed all this time in exchange for a place for the Quinn family to stay which ruins the father and son relationship. James on multiple occasions says Romeo means nothing to him. Romeo overhears James saying he means nothing to him when he wants to move in with him; Romeo wanting to move in with him because he was homeless after Mac kicked Romeo out when he threatened to tell Alfie that Mac and Donna-Marie replaced his mother Cindy Cunningham’s bipolar medication with vitamins ,sending her into hospital, in order to gain her house. Romeo, after previously being invited and denying the offer, goes to Yasmine Maalik’s house, which was a plot to set up Romeo and Lily, to cheer himself up. Romeo knocks over a lamp and brings alcohol to the Muslim household, so Yaz’s older brother Sami Maalik has an argument with Romeo during which Sami shouts abuse at him. When Sami says it’s no wonder his father wants nothing to do with him Romeo beats Sami up. Romeo is then arrested the next day . Alfie tells James to go help his son out and not to fail Romeo like he failed him. Sami visits Romeo and gives him a chance to explain himself when he realises that what happened with Romeo is like what happened with his younger brother Imran Maalik. Romeo tells Sami about some of the struggles he has had in his life. James goes to the station with the intention of being Romeo’s lawyer, but Sami drops the charges and convinces James to be a better father to Romeo than Mac was to him. Romeo and James have a heart-filled conversation and while James wants to help Romeo out, Romeo is still angry at James. Romeo tells James he needs to find a place to sleep for the night and James says Romeo can move in with him which Romeo agrees to. The day before James said new boyfriend Harry Thompson could move in, however, James says Romeo needs stability and refuses to let Harry move in. Harry pleads with James saying that he could help James with Romeo, but James still denies him and breaks up with him after only a day together.
Romeo and James try to bond, but Romeo thinks James is trying too hard. Harry still wants to get back with James, he even helps him by showing James how to play a game Romeo likes, but James keeps denying him saying he needs to focus on his son. Romeo finds out James still loves Harry and keeps taunting him about it. James eventually says the reason he isn’t with Harry is because he wanted to focus on Romeo, he appreciates this saying no one has ever put him first. Romeo helps James crash a date that Harry was on, leading to Harry and James getting back together.
James is hospitalised after being poisoned by the serial killer Breda McQueen under the instructions of Mac. Everyone believes it was Mac that poisoned James and Romeo says that if his father doesn’t survive he will kill Mac. James wakes up, but Romeo still sneaks off to confront Mac. He bangs on the door in rage and eventually breaks it down as Yasmine Maalik watches on. When Romeo discovers Mac lying dead on the gorund, after being poisoned and hit over the head by Breda, he checks his pulse. By doing this he gets blood on his hands which he wipes on his clothes.
The next day the police investigate the murder scene and Yasmine tells the police that she saw Romeo breaking down the door and threatening to kill Mac. Romeo tries to burn the jumper he got blood on, but the police catch him and arrest him. At the station James pleads Romeo’s case despite believing himself that Romeo killed Mac (until he discovers that the poison that was used to kill Mac was the same one that he was spiked with).
Everyone believes that Romeo killed Mac and DS Yates keeps messing with Romeo and putting pressure on him which leads to James wanting to find the real murderer. Breda overhears James and Romeo conspiring so she plants the poison used to kill Mac in James’ coat pocket and calls the police. However, she realises she put the poison in Romeo’s pocket instead when the police search him and find the poison.
Running out of options James tells Romeo to go on the run. They have a heart to heart where James admits that being a father to Romeo has made him a man. When the police find out that Romeo is on the run they take James to the station after seeing him trying to transfer money to someone on a secret bank account. DS Yates tells James that he is gonna prove that James helped Romeo go on the run and he is gonna get them both imprisoned. Diane tells the police that Lily is with Romeo and about her being in hospital in a mental health ward which makes them even more determined to find Romeo. Lily dies from sepsis after one of her self harm wounds becomes infected because she couldn’t get the right treatment from the hospital as a result of the pair going on the run.
When back at the station Romeo breaks down and tells DS Yates to just charge him with the murder and James has a conversation with him. Romeo says that without Lily he has nothing and that now he’s stuck at the station Prince is free to go around and tell everyone it’s his fault that Lily’s dead. DS Yates returns and tells Romeo that there is enough evidence to charge Romeo for Mac’s murder and Romeo is locked up.
James tells Marnie that he is running out of ideas of how to get Romeo out and she gives him the idea to blame someone else for the murder. First they ask Cindy to take the blame, but she tells him to ask Romeo’s mother Donna-Marie Quinn instead. James asks Donna-Marie to take the blame in exchange for lots of money and he tells her that he will get her out on bail. After Donna-Marie confesses she realises that James has no intention of getting her out and screams that he set her up.
James tells Romeo that he is free to go, but when James is meant to pick Romeo up he realises his car tyres have been slashed. Romeo leaves the prison and is met with Lily’s husband Prince who is armed with Liam Donovan’s gun which he stole after Liam told him to reinvent himself and have someone to blame for his wife’s death. Liam takes Romeo to the forest and holds him at gun point until Romeo tells him that Lily's final choice between them was Prince. The two boys make up and Prince tells Romeo to come to the funeral, however, Tony Hutchinson tells Romeo is not welcome. On the day itself, Prince desperately searches for Romeo as he cannot do it alone. Romeo arrives and helps Prince through the eulogy. Prince still blames Romeo for what happened and the two fall out. A few days later, Romeo finds out Donna Marie is innocent and is incredibly angry that James and Donna Marie cooked up this plan, unaware his mother was framed. Romeo initially wants to go to the police but Harry stops him from doing do. To thank Harry for all his help with Romeo, James buys him a car, that Romeo mistakes as present for him. Romeo finds out a week later the car is really Harry's and Harry and Romeo are left alone. When the car gets stolen that night, Harry assumes Romeo took it, but Romeo denies this. When later the cops arrives to inform them the car was involved in a hit and run, Romeo gives Harry an alibi, because he thinks Harry did it. Harry reassures him he didn't. When James arrives home, Romeo and Harry stick to the story they told the cops but then Harry gets arrested. Romeo is super happy when Harry arrives back home, and lies for Harry again when James confronts Harry about all the lies he told at the police station.
- There has been large discrepancies regarding Romeo's age. In flashback scenes from July 2018, Romeo's month and year of birth was given as September 2002. This was later changed to February 2003 and again to November 2003. It was later confirmed that Romeo was sixteen years of age by August 2018 and 17 by November 2018 giving him a DOB of late 2001. Many people believed his birthday was in November since James’ birthday (and the day Romeo’s mother Donna-Marie fell pregnant) is in February, but Donna-Marie revealed Romeo was premature. Romeo was said to be 16 by DS Yates when they were searching for him as the prime suspect of Mac's murder in April 2019.
Openings titles Edit
- 2018, #1: Romeo is DJ-ing a rave outside
- 2018, #2: Romeo is outside in the rain with Juliet
- 2019, -: Romeo is outside in the rain with James and Marnie