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Top 5 Soap Opera Villains!
By James W, Monday 16th April 2018

They are the people we love to hate, to see them get the upper hand on our favourite characters and to watch through our fingers as they destroy all around them! Yes, these are the soap villains that keep us all tuning in week after week. They are dodgy, wheeler-dealers, usually well off but some rise from the gutter to make the good and the great’s lives pure hell.

Here’s our Top 5 Soap Opera Villains, did yours make the list?

5: Richard Hillman
Best known as the ever so nice Mr Hopwood in TV’s Grange Hill in the early 1980s, Brian Capron arrived on the cobbles of Weatherfield in 2001 as Richard Hillman in Coronation Street. Here, he played the killer Hillman with relish, never missing a chance to clench his teeth and pop on his black leather gloves to try and bump off innocent ladies. Who could forget the time he almost got hold of Emily Bishop?

4: Den Watts
Also known as “Dirty Den”, Den Watts was the first big character from EastEnders and played by Leslie Grantham from the first episode in 1985, in fact the landlord of the Queen Vic Den had the very first line of dialogue. Den was a rough diamond but was mixed up in a lock-up full of dodgy deals and in 1989 was shot (off screen) and fell into a canal (again, off screen). As no one saw him die this kept the door open for his return in 2003. Still mixed up in underworld deals he once again tried to run the Queen Vic pub but in doing so ended up brown bread.

3: Chris Tate
Emmerdale (or Emmerdale Farm as it used to be called) has gone from gentle rural drama in 1972 to a gritty continuing series that’s knocking most of the other soaps out of the park. One of the finest villains was Chris Tate played by Peter Amory. Chris was originally a decent chap but after a plane crash rendered him paralysed from waist down he turned into a bitter person and even in his dying breaths whilst committing suicide he framed his wife for murder.

2: Alexis Colby
Though the only female to make the list she’s also one of the most recognisable soap stars in the whole world. Joan Collins was at her smoldering best as the shoulder pad-wearing Alexis Colby who had more lovers and evil schemes than you could shake a lip gloss at. Dedicated to destroying ex-husband Blake, she first appeared in the second season of Dynasty and this control freak of a vixen slept with powerful men to become just as powerful, at times even more so and trampled on those who she deemed below her. Perfect casting for a perfectly bitchy character.

1: J.R. Ewing
The baddest bad ass of them all, J.R. Ewing was the one villain every other tried to outdo. John Ross Ewing Jr., J.R. to you and I was played by Larry Hagman in every episode of the original Dallas, the TV movies and part of the resurrected series. Who could forget the public response for the “Who shot J.R.?” plot or his constant womanising and back-stabbing deals. Hagman gave J.R. a three dimensional persona, made him a devil in a Stetson and the world the greatest TV villain, ever!


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