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Karen Hassan (born 31 July 1981) is an Northern Irish actress, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[1] From 2010 until 2013 she played Lynsey Nolan in the main series of Hollyoaks.[2] Her work includes roles in Hollyoaks Later[3] and Hunger.

Karen Hassan
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Hassan in 2009 at the National Television Awards
Karen Hassan

(1981-07-31) July 31, 1981 (age 38)
Years active2007–present



The character of Lynsey was created as the former girlfriend of Kris Fisher (Gerard McCarthy) and was intended to feature only in Hollyoaks Later, a spin-off from the Hollyoaks series. In June 2010, it was announced that three new characters; Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan), Bart McQueen (Jonny Clarke) and Lynsey were to join Hollyoaks in August.[4]

Of the castings, Hollyoaks series producer Paul Marquess said: "This is a really exciting time for Hollyoaks and Brendan, Lynsey and Bart bring more fun, drama and sexiness to the show."[4] Hassan moved from Belfast to Liverpool, where Hollyoaks is filmed, for the role.[5] In an interview with the official Hollyoaks website, Hassan said that she was "dead chuffed" after being told that Lynsey would be appearing in Hollyoaks.[5] Hassan's character was found murdered in a Hollyoaks episode which was broadcast on 29 June 2012.


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Checkout Checkout Girl Short film
2008 Master of Reality Elizabeth Darwin Short film
2008 Miss Conception Young Nun Short film
2008 Hunger Gerry's Girlfriend Feature film
2008 Last Man Hanging Pearl Gamble TV movie
2009 Fifty Dead Men Walking Cassie Feature film
2009 Scapegoat Patricia Curran TV movie
2010 Erwin Prostitute Short film
2011 Trust Me Karen Short film
2014 Loss Kate Short film
2015 The Caravan Becky Feature film
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Hollyoaks Later Lynsey Nolan 5 episodes
2010 Hollyoaks Later Lynsey Nolan 5 episodes
2010–2011 Sketchy with Diarmuid Corr Various roles 9 episodes
2010–2013 Hollyoaks Lynsey Nolan 11 August 2010 – 19 July 2013
2012 Casualty Nicole Clancy 2 episodes
2013-2014 The Fall Annie Brawley Series regular
2015 Vikings Therese 3 episodes
2016 The Royals Maid Guest star
2018 Soft Border Patrol Lisa
Casualty Abigail Laurence 1 episode


  1. ^ An Irish invasion as soap screens series of specials: Karen Hassan
  2. ^ Green, Kris (25 June 2010). "'Hollyoaks' confirms more new cast: Karen Hassan". Digital Spy. (Hachette Filipacchi UK). Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Karen Hassan and Jonny Clarke join Hollyoaks cast". The Sun. (News International). 26 June 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  4. ^ a b Green, Kris (25 June 2010). "'Hollyoaks' confirms more new cast". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Interview with Karen Hassan (Lynsey Nolan)". E4. Channel 4 Television Corporation. Retrieved 27 April 2011.

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