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Saul Reeves (undercover alias "Nate Denby") is an undercover police officer who arrived in Hollyoaks as part of an operation to uncover "Operation Bluebird". Saul, however, used his undercover presence to attempt to find his missing friend Lisa Loveday, who was kidnapped and raised by Saul's aunt Margaret Smith.

Moving into 3 Oakdale Drive as a roommate of Ripley Lennox and landlady Grace Black, Saul set up his cover by opening a clothing stall in Cunningham's Grande Bazaar and also began a relationship with Grace. Developing feelings for Grace ultimately lead to Saul revealing his investigations into the Deveraux family. His side-investigations also lead to him regularly clashing with his superior, D.S. Lexi Calden.


2021-: Arrival[]

Saul arrived in the village in September 2021, under the name "Nate Denby". Saul attended a viewing of 3 Oakdale Drive, intending to move in as a flatmate. The owner, Grace, was left smitten by Saul (as was Grace's friend Scott Drinkwell, who was quickly sent away by Grace). Saul also took a liking to Grace, inviting her for a drink after receiving a tour of the village. They later ended up having a one-night-stand, but Grace was left tormented over whether to pursue her feelings for Saul. She ended up giving in and the pair began dating. Saul later opened a clothing stall in Cunningham's Grande Bazaar

Grace was confused when Saul began receiving calls from "Lexi", whom Saul claimed was an ex-girlfriend. The next day, Saul met with Lexi on the road behind The Loft, with Lexi disapproving of Saul getting close to "gangster Grace Black" and reminding Saul of their undercover police job. A few weeks later, Lexi revealed that the undercover job was about "Operation Bluebird", whilst Saul embarked on his own quest - to find out what happened to his friend Lisa Loveday.

Saul began targeting the Deveraux family, believing that former gangster Felix Westwood had killed her. Giving Felix's son DeMarcus a job at his market stall, Saul subtly used DeMarcus to get closer to the family. After Grace found him attempting to break into the Deverauxes flat, Saul was forced to tell her of his investigations. Grace initially rejected Saul for his lies, but decided to help with his investigations after Saul discovered that Celeste Faroe had forged Lisa's handwriting on a postcard sent to Martine Deveraux. At Martine and Felix's wedding, Celeste and Toby Faroe discovered that Saul was looking into Lisa's death and attempted to throw him off the scent.

A few weeks later, Saul was part of the search for Timmy Simons's body in Croxford Woods. A body was found, but later identified as Lisa. An upset Nate revealed that Lisa's kidnapper Margaret Smith was his aunt, and he and Lisa developed a close bond as they grew up together. Saul had promised Margaret on her deathbed that he would look after Lisa, hence why he prioritised the search over everything else.



Address Duration
3 Oakdale Drive Since 7th September 2021

Employment History[]

Job Duration
Police Officer Since prior to September 2021
Market Stallholder Since 10th September 2021

Background Information[]

Introduction Sequence[]

Saul does not yet appear in the introduction sequence.


— First line, to Grace Black.

See Also[]


Current Characters
Tony HutchinsonCindy CunninghamMandy RichardsonJack OsborneDarren OsborneLuke MorganZara MorganTom CunninghamNancy OsborneSte HayMercedes McQueenWarren FoxJohn Paul McQueenCharlie DeanLeah BarnesNana McQueenElla RichardsonTheresa McQueenLucas HayDiane HutchinsonKathleen-Angel McQueenLiberty SavageBobby CostelloJoel DexterMaxine MinniverSienna BlakeMatthew-Jesus McQueenPeri LomaxLeela LomaxGrace BlackMinnie MinniverCleo McQueenScott DrinkwellSally St. ClaireJames NightingaleGoldie McQueenPrince McQueenYasmine CunninghamMisbah MaalikDamon KinsellaImran MaalikOliver MorganDonna-Marie QuinnRomeo NightingaleBrooke HathawayMartine WestwoodJuliet NightingaleWalter DeverauxSid SumnerToby FaroeVerity HutchinsonFelix WestwoodCher McQueenRipley LennoxShaq QureshiEva HutchinsonBecky QuentinAli ShahzadSaul ReevesOlivia BradshawPearl AndersonDeMarcus WestwoodSerena Chen-WilliamsEthan WilliamsDave Chen-WilliamsHonour Chen-WilliamsSam Chen-WilliamsLizzie Chen-WilliamsMason Chen-Williams