HOLLYOAKS star Gerard McCarthy sparked rumours of a pop duet recently when he took to the stage with Coronation Street actress Kym Ryder.

Belfast born Gerard, who plays controversial, cross-dressing bisexual Kris in the hit Channel 4 show joined fellow stars Ricky Whittle (PC Calvin Valentine), Jamie Lomas (Warren Fox), Chris Fountain (Justin Burton) and Nick Pickard (Tony Hutchinson) to raise over £20,000 for to the Alder Hey Imagine Appeal and Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Earlier in the day The Soapstar Football Challenge saw Hollyoaks stars compete against a team of stars from Coronation Street, Emmerdale, The Bill, Shameless and Casualty.

But Gerard had to take to the side-lines to rehearse a special song for the glamorous charity ball later in the night with friend and fellow soap star Kym Ryder who plays sassy barmaid Michelle in Coronation Street.

Gerard and Kym sang the Bryan Adams classic When You’re Gone with a star studded audience including Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe, Liverpool player Jermaine Pennant, Coronation Street’s Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw) and pregnant girlfriend Tina O’Brien (Sarah Platt) walong with former Hollyoaks stars Gary Lucy (The Bill), James Redmond (Casualty) & Will Mellor (Two Pints of Lager & A Packet of Crisps)

Speaking of the event Gerard said: It was an absolute pleasure to be involved with raising funds for this charity and of course made far more enjoyable by the fact that my friend Kym joined me on stage.

I had a great time performing with her, she’s an incredibly talented woman. I’d perform with her again in a heartbeat.

Also performing at the event were Carley Stenson (Steph Dean), Nicole Barber Lane (Myra McQueen) and Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren Osborne).
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