Hollyoaks Tom Cunningham star says he transformed body because he was ‘unhappy’

Hollyoaks icon Ellis Hollins has opened up about the reason behind his jaw-dropping hunky body transformation.

Fans of the Channel 4 soap have watched the Tom Cunningham actor grow up on screen for the past 17 years.

The 20-year-old star shocked his Instagram followers over the summer with a topless selfie which displayed his hard rock abs and huge arms.

Ellis has totally transformed his body over the space of two years after sharing his first post on the photo-sharing app about working out in the gym back in 2018.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online about his new look, Ellis explained: "I was unhappy where I was physically.

"I was always the unfit, asthmatic kid at school and I couldn't do sport to save my life.

"I got fed up with that and I got the chance to start going to the gym regularly, and I've been going for two years now.

"It's really starting to pay off and I feel a lot better about myself."

Ellis' topless Instagram grid update back in July left his adoring fans in a hot sweat.

Unsurprisingly, Hollyoaks fans flooded the comments section with support underneath the smoking-hot Instagram grid update.

Ellis added: "I'm flattered by everyone's kind compliments and words about my body and the journey I've made.

"I've shared that with people who wanted to see that and I'm grateful for the reaction I've got.

"A big part of me is work and then gym. I was lost when I couldn't go to work or gym during lockdown but I'm in a good place now."

Ellis joined the cast of Hollyoaks as Tom when he was just four years old back in 2003, and he has been involved in some hard-hitting storylines from the get go.

Some include the death of his two parents, being abused as a kid and impregnating his teenage girlfriend, Peri Lomax (Ruby O'Donnel).

Tom's world came tumbling down when Peri decided to give their baby up for adoption.

However, things seem to be looking up for the character as Ellis as he plans to marry girlfriend Yazz Maalik (Haiesha Mistry) following her shock proposal.

The lovebirds got engaged during Hollyoaks' 25th anniversary episode last week.

Yazz was determined to prove just how much she truly loves Tom and recorded video messages from every resident from the village, in order to create a visual love letter for her beau.

Tom broke down in tears as he couldn’t believe that Yazz had done all of this for him.

In emotional scenes, she then got down on knee and proposed, and Tom ultimately said yes.

Teasing what is on the horizon for the couple, Ellis said: "Things are definitely hotting up between Tom and Yazz.

"He has a lot of decisions to make so you'll have to keep on watching."

Hollyoaks airs news episodes Monday to Thursday at E4 at 7pm

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