Soap Star Superstar: Matt Littler (Max Cunningham)


Matt Littler played Max Cunningham in British soap Hollyoaks from 1995 until 2008.

I watched this soap from the beginning and in the past few years I have dipped in and out of it as it’s always easy enough to get back up to speed on what’s been going on.

Max was always one of my favourite characters as he was close to my age and he was always getting himself into funny situations. He was at the centre of a number of storylines about death as mostly everyone close to him…died. He also got married to an evil b***h who even tried to kill him!

He did however have a lot of light-hearted moments and most of them were with his best friend O.B. and when O.B. left for London the scene where he said goodbye to his best friend was brilliant…


Max found his soul mate in Steph and they got married and it seemed they would live happily ever after but, alas, it wasn’t to be and I was stunned when I watched this scene…


Prepare yourself for the funeral scene…


I’m not ashamed to admit it but I still can’t watch any of the three above videos without getting that little tingly feeling at the back of my nose and eyes! RIP Max.

Born in Bury, Greater Manchester on 19th March 1982, Hollyoaks was Matt’s first big acting role although he had already appeared in children’s drama Children’s Ward.

decided to leave the show in 2008 along with Darren Jeffries who played O.B. and they have contiuned as a double act on shows such as 4Music‘s Orange RockCorps, Big Brother’s Big Mouth and Only Fools on Horses.

Matt co-founded production company, “Roll Camera” and directed and produced a music video for the band GK and the Renegades…


He’s also directed a few episodes of Hollyoaks and in his independent directing role he wrote, directed and acted in a short film in 2008 called Kidnap, which also starred a number of Hollyoaks actors…

So, I’m quite sure we’ve not seen the last of him.


Thanks for the wonderful memories Matt!


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