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Sylvester "Sylver" McQueen (né Peter) is the biological son of Harriet and Wes, the adopted brother of Goldie McQueen, the adopted son of Breda McQueen, and the long lost father of Cher McQueen.

Gentle giant Sylver had a poor childhood: an absent mother and abusive father who was murdered on Christmas Day 1986. Adopted by nanny Breda McQueen, Sylver later became an adoptive brother to Goldie, whom he protected against her violent father Vinnie. However, Sylver was accused of killing Vinnie in 2000 after pushing him over a balcony, and spent eighteen years in prison.

Sylver struggled to adapt to life after prison, especially after encountering his barrister, Simone Loveday. However, after a hate campaign against Sylver, the villagers soon came round to the idea of him residing in the village. Encountering cousin Mercedes McQueen (whom he had slept with in 1997), the pair eventually continued their relationship after the death of Russ Owen, and the pair married in 2019.

The marriage between Mercedes and Sylver struggled due to her drug usage and affairs - namely a long-term affair with Liam Donovan - which saw Sylver's usually hidden temper rise to the surface. After discovering that Breda was a serial killer whose victims included Wes and Vinnie, Sylver fatally stabbed her through the skull with knitting needles in Mercedes's defence.

Sylver was left stunned when he discovered that he was a father to Cher Winters, who had been conceived with a dental nurse whilst Sylver was in prison. Despite Cher's surname being changed to "McQueen", Cher struggled to fit in with the family, and vied for the attentions of Sylver by making Mercedes appear to be mentally unstable. Mercedes later confessed to having an affair with Cher's boyfriend Romeo Nightingale, so Cher ended up poisoning Mercedes's cocktails to frame her. However, Sylver drank several cocktails and ended up suffering a cardiac arrest, which has left him comatose.



Sylver was born in March 1983 to Harriet and Wes. He was also given the birth name of Peter. Wes was abusive towards Sylver emotionally and physically after Harriet walked out on them. Later, Wes hired a nanny named Breda McQueen who was close with Sylver and on Christmas Day 1986 when Wes got violent towards Sylver, Breda stepped in after getting Sylver out of harms way. She kills Wes and adopts Sylver, who she names from Peter. Sylver grew up believing that Breda was his biological mother and believed that his adoptive sister Goldie McQueen was actually his biological sister, also Goldie's father Vinnie was aggressive towards Breda and Sylver. One day in 2000, Sylver and Vinnie got into a heated row and Sylver pushed him over a ledge and thought to have killed him, later being sentenced to 18 years in prison. Later in 2019, it was revealed via flashbacks Vinnie survived his encounter with Sylver but Breda finished him off.

June 2018: Arrival in Hollyoaks[]

June 2018: Sylver arrives in Hollyoaks.

Sylver arrives in Hollyoaks in June 2018 when he is released from prison after completing his 18-year sentence. Sylver is determined to put things right with his sister Goldie McQueen however, Goldie is dismissive due to the fact Sylver killed her father, however after some thinking Goldie eventually accepts Sylver into her life after eventually accepting her father’s death was a case of self-defence. Myra McQueen offers Sylver to stay at their home which Sylver accepts. Later, it’s revealed that Sylver knows Simone Loveday as she was the one who represented Sylver in the murder trial of Vinnie. Still showing anger towards the fact Simone couldn't get Sylver off the murder charge. This prompts Simone to try and get rid of Sylver by making people aware that there is a dangerous killer living amongst them. Later, Sylver gets a job at the Emporium after he is employed by Dirk Savage. However, this doesn't last long as Simone voices her opinion on Sylver by speaking loudly in public. This angers Sylver to the point where he picks up a some equipment that's outside the Emporium and despite Dirk's pleads, Sylver throws the equipment through Simone's shop window. However, after speaking to Breda and Goldie, Simone feels guilty and decides to apologise to Sylver who forgives her.

Sylver smashes Price Slice window.

Sylver seems to be settling in Hollyoaks just fine and impresses Myra even more when Sylver handles a situation concerning Carl Costello, who is after his grandson Bobby Costello since his mother Mercedes took Bobby back off Carl with the help of Mitzeee Minniver due to Carl's alcoholism. Later, Carl kidnaps Goldie in an effort to get the McQueen family's attention however they manage to trick Carl and get Goldie back. Sylver finds out about this and sets off to go after Carl as he angerly searches the woods. Carl is then murdered by an unknown person and Sylver is later seen acting shifty and a bit nervous when Carl's body is found. Breda is later confirmed to be Carl's killer.

Coming face to face with Mercedes after 20 years and affair[]

Sylver rekindles his passion with Mercedes after 20 years.

Sylver along with the rest of the McQueens sets off to go on holiday to Ibiza when they are invited by Mercedes, however unknown to Mercedes, Sylver is out of prison. The McQueens all arrive at Ibiza and it's revealed that Mercedes has rekindled with Russ Owen and again is engaged to him. Sylver later approaches Mercedes who is shocked to see that he is out of prison. Later, after Myra pays Goldie to kiss Russ to show Mercedes of how much of a snake Russ is after running off all them years ago. As Russ tries to explain to Mercedes, she then discovers that Russ use to be an porn star, this upsets Mercedes who later bumps into Sylver, back at her villa. Sylver comforts Mercedes and the two end up sleeping together. The next day, Mercedes tells a devastated Sylver that it was just a one off, Sylver is left more upset at the fact Russ is seen with his son Max at the airport ready to move back to Hollyoaks after nine years away. However, much to everyones shock Mercedes is arrested for Carl's murder later when Mercedes decides to move back to Spain with Russ. Sylver does everything in his power to persuade her to stay in Hollyoaks, in which she does and Russ decides to stay as well. However, Mercedes and Sylver continue to sleep with one another, Russ starts to become a little suspicious and confronts Sylver along with Mercedes, however they both manage to convince Russ that there is nothing going on. Later on, Sylver confides in his mother and reveals to her that he has fallen in love with Mercedes.

Later on in November 2018, Mercedes is again due to marry Russ like she was back in 2007 despite a number of pleads by Sylver to reconsider. It is later revealed that Russ had slept with Goldie and made her get abortion, Russ also finds out that Mercedes had been sleeping with Sylver. Russ confronts Sylver and the two get into a fight in, which Sylver seems to be getting the upper hand on, until Breda arrives and stops Sylver from beating Russ up later that night Russ is murdered by an unknown assailant like Carl, later revealed to be Breda.

November 2018: Sylver and Russ fight over Mercedes.

Father figure and feud with Liam Donovan[]

When Sylver and Mercedes start to get closer, Sylver bonds with both Bobby and Max, the two seem to like Sylver very much. Later however, Mercedes finds being with Sylver stressful at times and ends up sleeping with Liam Donovan. Liam ends up falling for Mercedes and due to that has a jealous hatred for Sylver and at every opportunity Liam gets he winds Sylver up. Liam goes as far as getting Sylver to beat him up in March 2019, however Mercedes marries Sylver, but throughout the first half of 2019 continues to sleep with Liam also behind Sylver's back. In May 2019, Russ's younger sister Nicole Owen returns for her nephew Max, as he got into contact with her telling her Mercedes doesn't love him like she does Bobby. Later, she leaves with Max as Sylver holds a breaking down Mercedes.

In July 2019, Nicole brings Max back to the village where Mercedes, Sylver, Breda and Nana McQueen organised a party for him. Mercedes ruined the party after taking cocaine which Liam supplied to her. Max and Nicole leave and board the next flight back to Greece. Sylver is left angry with the way Mercedes has gone on, this prompts Mercedes to go and sleep with Liam yet again, unknown to Sylver and Liam continues to wind Sylver up at every opportunity he gets.

Finding out the truths and Who Shot Mercedes?[]

In November 2019, the walls start to close in on Mercedes from the past eleven months, Sylver learns of the affair with Liam and is left devastated. He lashes and not only that, Sylver also finds out from Brooke Hathaway that Mercedes had an abortion with the possibility that the child was his. Later that day, Mercedes is shot by an unknown culprit, and it’s revealed that Sylver slept with Grace Black on the night of the shooting and after Liam finds the gun he decides to plant it at The Dog in the Pond in order to set Sylver up for the shooting. However, Sylver along with Grace find the gun as DS Cohen arrives to search The Dog, Grace leaves with the gun and later plants it back on Liam. Cohen searches Liam's car and Sylver satifyingly watches on as Liam gets arrested. However, Liam gets off with the help of James Nightingale. Sylver is confronted, on more the one occasion, by Breda and Goldie over the shooting and he denies it, everytime however, his occasional angry outburst gives him no argument at times. Sylver is shocked when he sees Mercedes in a coma on deaths door and every time he sees her he feels guilty about sleeping with Grace, whom he actually starts to have a relationship with while Mercedes is in her coma. Goldie notices Sylver isn't that much into Grace and sees that he is still in love with Mercedes, Goldie even issues this to both Sylver and Grace in which Sylver denies. Even Breda confronts Sylver over his feelings for Grace. Later when Mercedes takes a turn for the worst and Sylver is worried, Graces notices this along with Breda and Goldie telling her Sylver will always love Mercedes. Later on, a very guilty Sylver is seen breaking down at the side of Mercedes hospital bed, Sylver then confesses, unknown to him Mercedes is coming round from sedation, and can hear him telling her about sleeping with Grace. Mercedes awakens and not long after Cohen arrives, Mercedes tells her she knows who shot her, Cohen asks who and a spiteful Mercedes tells Cohen it was Sylver who shot her. Later on, Mercedes warns Grace over this telling her the bitch is back as Sylver is taking back to prison.

Breda later visits Sylver in prison and Sylver cannot believe that she and his sister Goldie do not believe him over his innocence. Due to this, Sylver lashes out during when Breda visits him. This leaves Breda scared and coming to the conclusion, along with Goldie, that Sylver did indeed shoot Mercedes. However, knowing Mercedes is lying, Grace points this out to both Breda and Goldie who still believe Mercedes over Sylver. Grace hatches plan after plan, eventually Sylver comes to the conclusion that he has to trick Mercedes into him forgiving her and that they can start again, after Bobby Costello tells Mercdedes that he knows Sylver wouldn't shoot her and after Grace tells her that she ain't bright as the person who shot her is still out free while Sylver is locked up. Mercedes later visits Sylver who tells her he is willing to start again, if she can get the charges dropped after some convincing from Sylver and making sure he is sticking to his word. Mercedes later gets all the charges dropped on Sylver over the shooting. When Sylver is released, Bobby is very glad to see him and so is Mercedes, however Sylver walks past her and kisses Grace, revealing to Mercedes that he will never forgive her and thanks for letting him free from prison. Sylver then is angry with both Breda and Goldie for siding with Mercedes but eventually forgives them.

Revelations and killing Breda[]

In January 2020, Sylver along with his sister Goldie, later discover that Breda is the local serial killer. They put the clues together and find that Breda has gone after Mercedes and that they are at Stone Mount Farm where Breda has been keeping Tony Hutchinson for months on end since Harry's death. Breda finds Mercedes and locks her up with Tony, whom she stabs when Tony tries to stop Breda from hurting Mercedes. Afterwards, Sylver and Goldie both confront Breda in the little house that resides on the farm about the killings, Breda confesses to killing Carl Costello, Russ Owen, Glenn Donovan and Louis Loveday and Goldie clicks on that Harry wasn't accidental from Breda's dementia. Breda then tells Sylver and Goldie about her father about how abusive he was towards her during her childhood until one day, she saw the bolt gun and shoots him in the head with it killing him, and ever since then god gave her the task of getting rid of bad dads. Sylver disgusted, questions Breda even more and Breda tells him she killed Wes and also Vinnie, much to Sylver's anger and shock, he asked why she let him go to prison. Breda coldly replied he was heading that way anyway so he might as well have learned his lesson. Sylver getting more and more angry, demands to know what she has done to Mercedes. He eventually snaps and starts to strangle Breda, who sees the bolt gun and shoots Sylver with it, stopping him strangling her. Mercedes meanwhile is freeing herself and Tony, Goldie finds them and tells Mercedes that Sylver is in the house with Breda. Wanting to save Sylver, Mercedes runs in the house which is on fire at this point, when Breda wants to commit suicide and take a badly injured Sylver with her. Breda angrily jumps up and tries to stab Mercedes with a broken piece of glass, Goldie also tries to stop Breda from harming Mercedes after she enters. Sylver all of a sudden get a burst of energy, likely from adrenaline, and picks up some large nitting needles, stabbing them through Breda's head killing her after which he says "Sorry, Mum". Mercedes and Goldie help Sylver out the burning debris and shout for an ambulance for both Tony and Sylver, while a worried John Paul rushes over to Mercedes.

After the event of the previous day, Sylver is shown to be very traumatised from it all and even freaks out after he awakes from his coma. Later, Sylver is seen in therapy with Doctor Shields, Sylver opens up and expresses his anger for being falsely accused of killing Vinnie and growing up in prison, Sylver then tells Shields he can tell that shes becoming nervous of him and eventually has another angry out burst punching the water machine. Later, Grace offers her support much to Mercedes devastation after Goldie tells her Sylver still loves her.

A few weeks pass and Sylver seems to becoming to terms with killing his adoptive mother. However, when Diane Hutchinson, approaches Sylver to have a chat with Tony, as Tony thinks Breda has come back to get him again. At first, Sylver doesn't think it's a good idea, however after Diane explains the situation Sylver agrees to see Tony after Tony had a little freak out. Sylver reassures him that Breda ain't coming back as he was the one that put an end to her ways by killing her. Sylver and Tony have a chat afterwards and Tony feels a lot more stable after witnessing that his not the only one who has mentally suffered from Breda.

Engagement to Grace Black, Dinner party and rekindle with Mercedes[]

After all the events with Breda and talking to Tony, Sylver is trying to settle down with Grace Black who he now lives with after the death of Grace's brother Jesse Donovan, Sylver offer his support to Grace why her other brother Liam is plotting revenge on Maxine Minniver. When Sylver is seen getting along with Mercedes over Bobby, a very jealous Grace confronts Sylver who he accidentally proposes to much to Grace's delight. Later, Sylver and Grace celebrate at The Dog in the Pond which is when Mercedes discover their engagement, and an angry John Paul lays into Sylver and Grace for their disrespect. Liam knows for a fact that Sylver is still in love with Mercedes, so he adds him to his dart board of doom, which Grace discovers and as does Sylver. Grace tells Sylver that they need to tell Warren Fox that Liam is out to get him. Grace and Sylver see Warren who Sylver tells to calm down as Liam wants that sort of angry reaction from Warren, however a furious Warren ignores Sylver's pleads and vows that he is going to kill Liam. Some weeks pass and Liam's behaviour is spiralling out of control, as Sylver is preparing for his wedding to Grace, oblivious to Liam's plans, Sylver falls for a trap set by Liam when Liam arrives at his home panicked, telling Sylver that Grave is in trouble. Sylver rushes off and as he tries to call Grace on his moblie, Liam ambushes him by whacking him around the head knocking Sylver out. Liam then holds Mercedes, John Paul, Grace, Maxine and James hostage in what he calls The Devils Dinner Party, Sylver along with John Paul, are tied up in The Dog in the Pond behind the stage decorations. However at first, unknown to everyone one at the table. While Sylver and John Paul are tied up, Liam sets the task to Grace and James to find Sylver and John Paul within a three-minute period or he will shoot Maxine however when Grace and James don't find Sylver and John Paul but instead a box. Liam removes the tinsel-like decorations to reveal Sylver and John Paul, have been there all along tied up with ear muffs to block out any sound, Liam removes the cloth covering their eye, and in doing so, Sylver angerly asks what is going on. Later on, Liam reveals that Grace and James where the ones who shot Mercedes, Sylver is then angry with Grace telling her that all he wanted after Mercedes was just an honest woman, Grace says she is sorry to Sylver but he is frustrated of being tied up. As time passes with Liam cussing at everyone, he chooses Sylver to shoot after Mercedes failed in her attempt to shoot Grace, in which Sylver declined and thanks to Warren breaking in and tackling Liam along with beating him up, Sylver gets the chance to be freed, not long after Liam is killed when Grace pushes Liam down a flight of stairs.

The next day, Sylver is seen quite calm after his encounter with Liam and Mercedes tells Sylver that Grace needs to pay for shooting her, Sylver does his best to defend Grace especially when Grace arrived at his home. Sylver stalls Mercedes by asking her to take Bobby to school in which she clicks onto but takes Bobby to school anyway, as Mercedes leaves Sylver breaks down along with Grace telling her that he just wanted an honest woman and that his scared of what shes capable of. Grace agrees to end their relationship and to hand herself in her, Sylver hugs her and later on, Sylver witnesses Grace being escorted in the back of a police car. When Mercedes arrives to rub it in Sylver rants at her, telling her that all this is down to her and Liam and that Curtis is now going to grow up without a mum. Taking in what Sylver said Mercedes later stops Grace and James from handing themselves in and pins the shooting on Liam. The next day, Goldie tells Sylver to go and get Mercedes back, that he is still in love with her while Warren is telling Mercedes to stop being childish and tell Sylver how she really feels. Later on, after encouragement by Goldie, Sylver arrives at The Dog all dressed up impressing Mercedes. They confess their love and agree to put everything behind them as Warren and Goldie cheer and clap along with the punters.

Second renewal and Cher's arrival[]

Weeks have passed since getting back together with Mercedes and Sylver has struck up a friendship with Warren Fox who has been staying at The Dog since February. Mercedes starts to get suspicious when Sylver starts to sneak off with Warren on random occasions and is finding it weird that the two men are actually getting along. Later on, Mercedes suspects that something is going on when Warren tells her that he and Sylver are going to pick up a "Tahiti". Sylver actually questions what a Tahiti is and Warren replies who has no idea. Later, Mercedes approaches Sylver about a holiday to Ibiza and reminds him of the time they rekindled for the first time 18 months previous but Sylver is dismissive if the holiday leaving Mercedes even more suspicious and later, while talking to her cousin and Sylver's sister Goldie, Mercedes notices Sylver ringing Joel and Joel lies to Mercedes by saying he, Sylver and his dad (Warren) are planning going to play golf. Mercedes does not however, by the answer Joel gives her and is wanting answers so she marches off to find Sylver in which he’s at the Emporium with Warren and Joel walks out wearing a wedding outfit Mercedes questions a suspicious Sylver about what he is doing and why they can't go on holiday and Sylver has no choice but to reveal to Mercedes that his planning a vow renewal which Mercedes is happy about. The two then kiss as Warren and Joel look on.

The day arrives for Sylver to renew his vows to Mercedes. As they prepare a young girl named Cher arrives and at first accuses Warren of being her father but it’s later revealed that Sylver is the one she is looking for when Cher publicly announces that Sylver is her father. He denies any truth to it which upsets Cher. The next day, Sylver approaches Cher about him being her father. Cher tells him to give her £3,000 and she will leave. Sylver manages to get the money for her but he is stopped in his tracks when Cher's mother and Sylver's ex night of passion Kelly arrives in order to confirm Sylver is her father. A guilty Sylver later approaches Cher and apologises for his behaviour towards her and that he would like to get to know Cher in which Cher forgives Sylver and the two happliy announce that they are going to get to know each other. Kelly however later reveals she and Cher had an argument and that Cher is now Sylver's problem before leaving. The next day, Sylver is then caught up between Mercedes and his daughter Cher when Cher attempts to steal a necklace from Mercedes. However, the two make up and Cher eventually helps behind the bar. Sylver then tells Romeo Nightingale he is keeping an eye on him, who is out to try and impress Cher.

Blackmail plot secrets[]

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Kill Count[]


  1. Breda McQueen, 7th January 2020 (Part II) - Stabbed through the skull with a pair of knitting needles whilst she was trying to kill Mercedes McQueen.

Attempted Murders[]

  1. Vinnie, 2000 - Left Vinnie to die after pushing him from a balcony.
  2. Breda McQueen, 7th January 2020 (Part II) - Attempted to strangle Breda but was stopped by Goldie McQueen.



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Employment history[]

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Background Information[]

Introduction Sequence[]

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  • 2019-: Cleo bumps into Goldie whilst dancing and Sylver stops them from fighting.


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See Also[]


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