Jimmy McKenna is a British television star who is best known for playing the character of Jack Osborne on the hugely popular soap opera, Hollyoaks, for nearly a quarter of a century.
Along with his job on Hollyoaks, McKenna has also appeared in shows such as Taggart and Coronation Street, as well as the film When Saturday Comes. From where he was born and raised to his dream guest star, here are five fast facts about the actor.
Who Is Jimmy McKenna?
McKenna was born on August 31 in Glasgow, Scotland, where he also grew up. As far as his education, he completed seven O-levels and really seemed to love being outside, playing football (what Americans call soccer), taking that love to the next level.
Prior to becoming a successful soap actor, McKenna actually became a professional soccer player. His first job was with the team Sheffield Wednesday F.C., but he was forced to end his career after suffering a back injury. You can also check football tips on Gamedayr.
No longer able to compete, McKenna got involved in acting. His first job on television in came in the 1980s on the soap opera Coronation Street, playing a brief character named Jimi Lomax and later an immigration officer. Then, in the ‘90s, he was cast as Jack Osborne on Hollyoaks. He is currently the second longest-serving cast member on the show.
McKenna has been very vocal about his love for Frank Sinatra, as well as other musical legends such as Sammy Cahn and Dean Martin. His character in Hollyoaks has performed a few Sinatra numbers, so it’s no surprise McKenna’s dream guest for the show is Sinatra’s daughter, Nancy Sinatra.
Getting Personal With Jimmy McKenna
McKenna currently resides in Sheffield, England with his wife, Beverly McKenna. The couple also has four children.
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