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Laurie Shelby

Lawrence "Laurie" Shelby is a fictional character in the British soap opera Hollyoaks. Although initially introduced as kindhearted and benevolent, the character was soon revealed to be a perverted creep. After Mac Nightingale's death in March 2019, Laurie became the show's primary antagonist.


Early Villainy

Laurie is shown meeting with a former colleague of his whom he sexually assaulted. He pays her to sign a non-disclosure agreement preventing her from exposing him. In later episodes it is revealed that he raped a woman in a shoe shop just hours after meeting his future wife Sinead. He also visits prostitute Donna-Marie Quinn. 

Stalking Sienna and abusing Sinead

After getting a job at Hollyoaks High School, Laurie begins to target his colleague Sienna Blake. He frequently does things which are inappropriate, but rarely outright malicious, being able to gaslight Sienna and making others believe that she is the one who is stalking him. He frequently touches her and kisses her, but does so in a way that she is not convinced that anything can be done about it. This culminates in a school trip in which Laurie and Sienna sleep in the same tent, with Laurie making comments about her all night and Sienna too terrified to sleep/ 

In addition to this, he uses Sienna to make his wife Sinead O'Connor jealous. This culminates in frequent arguments between the two, and eventually leads to Sinead kissing another man. When Laurie discovers this he rapes Sinead, and quickly gaslights her into thinking that it was her fault, preventing her from leaving him or informing the police. Sinead was traumatised, and Laurie quickly sets about making her think that it was just a moment of anger. He promises that he will change and that the incident will never happen again, even beginning to lie about going to anger management courses. 

Sinead implies to Sienna that she is being abused. When this happens, she knocks Laurie out and ties him up, before interrogating him about what he has been doing. Laurie, being much stronger, eventually breaks free of his binds and chases after Sienna, but is stopped when her sister Liberty and boyfriend Brody turn up. However, Laurie is consumed by anger and goes home, and proceeds to rape Sinead again in revenge for her talking to Sienna. This time, however, Sinead plucks up the courage to tell her family what she has done, and as a result Laurie is kicked out of the house and arrested. However, as Sinead's story has some inconsistencies, Laurie is released without charge. 

Laurie's mother-in-law Diane, after visiting Sinead's brother Finn O'Connor and now having some understanding of the mentality of a rapist, confronts Laurie, calling him a pathetic and weak man who abuses women in order to feel powerful. Humiliated and furious, Laurie follows Diane and attempts to attack her, chasing her through the corridors of the school, and is only stopped when Sienna and Sinead show up. In the scuffle Laurie ends up stumbling and falling off the school balcony, although his injuries were only minor.

However, Laurie's actions towards Diane were caught on camera, and he was arrested, charged and remanded in custody.

In Prison

Laurie continues to send abusive letters to Sinead in prison. After he cruelly mentions her daughter, Sinead visits him. While he deludes himself thinking there may be a reunion for them, Sinead shuts him down, and tells him he will never control her again. Laurie is reduced to impotently shouting her name as she leaves.

He is later shown preparing for his sentencing hearing, promising a photo of Sinead that they will be reunited soon.