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Yasmine "Yazz" Cunningham (née Maalik) is a former pupil at Hollyoaks High, who came into contact with Peri Lomax, after she posts messages about Peri's family troubles online. Peri seeks revenge on Yasmine, potentially sparking off a feud.

It's soon learned that Yasmine has a weak heart, and she later receives a heart transplant after being in an explosion at Hollyoaks High School, caused by Mac Nightingale, and received teacher Neeta Kaur's heart.


Yasmine first appears when she introduces herself to Peri and asks about her father, Cameron Campbell, who is a serial killer, and her uncle, Ste Hay, who was charged with murder. Peri confides in Yasmine but she uses the information to publish an article on a school blog, leaving Peri upset. Peri summons Yasmine to the headteacher, Sally St. Claire's office under false pretence and explains that she has read her information from her previous school and will publish it if Yasmine does not delete the article about her father. Yasmine does this and calls a truce with Peri.

2019: Terrorist Attack and Deafness

In 2019, when radicals, Stuart Sumner and Jonny Baxter move in next to the Maalik's, they plan an attack on Sami Maalik’s engagement party to Sinead Shelby, just months after her abusive husband’s death. When the groomed Ste Hay finds out about the plan, he hopes to put a stop to it, but an explosive detonates in his backyard, leaving Yazz deaf. She is taken to hospital, and attends many audiology appointments. During her stay, Peri brings her takeaway and apologises on Ste’s behalf, but Yazz insists that the explosion was not Peri’s fault, and the two share a hug. Later, she is told by Mitchell Drinkwell-Deveraux that she has perforated ear drums and shall likely never regain her hearing. She is given hearing aids, and eventually learns to adapt.

2020: Love Letter to Tom and Marriage

In 2020, Yazz and her boyfriend Tom Cunningham break up; she wants to become a journalist and travel the world, whereas he wants a simple life. Days afterwards, they run into each other at the Cunningham's Grande Bazaar where he says that he worries that she will be hurt. Tom tells Yazz about the death of his brother, Max Cunningham and says that he would never forgive himself if she came to harm. She leads him into the bazaar and shows a video, where everyone in the village read a script given to them by Yazz, who entitles it A Love Letter to Tom. She later proposes to him in front of Mandy Richardson, Cindy Cunningham and Darren Osborne, and he accepts. They plan to marry at the stroke of midnight on New Years’ Eve, but due to issues regarding Victor Brothers, Jordan Price, Sid Sumner, Juliet Nightingale, Ella Richardson and Charlie Dean, and the rest of the county lines gang prevent the wedding to go ahead. Yazz insists that she doesn't need guests; she just wants to be married to Tom. So, with Cindy acting as their officiant, they are married about an hour before midnight.

Terrorist attack and being left deaf[]

Other information[]

  • Yasmine suffers from cardiomyopathy.


See also[]

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