Benidorm icon unrecognisable as drug dealer — months after co-star engagement

Benidorm star Adam Gillen looks totally different for a brand new TV role.

The actor shot to fame playing Liam Conroy on the iconic ITV show – which followed the comedic lives of holiday-goers at a Spanish resort. Fans will recall how hapless maintenance worker Liam rocked up to the hotel as the son of Tim Healy's character Les Conroy.

For eight years, Adam was a staple on screens and a favourite with the show’s loyal legion of viewers. But in 2018, the programme was axed after 10 series’.

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Since then, Adam has kept busy, starring in a slew of television shows. He also joined his fellow Benidorm co-stars in 2018 for the musical adaption of the show.

But for his new role, Adam looks totally different and viewers will no doubt be left with their jaws on the floor when they see his transformation. Adam is starring in a new violent BBC drama series Boat Story.

Viewers are used to seeing the actor clean shaven and rocking a pair of red overalls as hapless Liam. But for his new role, playing a drug dealer, the actor sported a wiry beard, slicked-back grey hair and an earring.

Adam is taking ok the character of sinister Vinnie Douglas in the new series which also stars Daisy Haggard and Paterson Joseph. Or follows two strangers who come across a huge haul of drugs on a boat – and find themselves targeted by mobsters and police.

A BBC description of character Vinnie reads: "A mid-level drug dealer with a superstitious streak, Vinnie has worked hard to build his North-East operation. He has big dreams and will do anything to achieve them.

So when a stranger tries to muscle in on his turf, Vinnie vows to fight to the death to keep it, but his deep paranoia means he soon starts to question who around him he can trust, making him all the more dangerous."

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Adam’s new role comes months after he and Benidorm co-star Laila Zaidi got engaged. Laila played Cyd on the ITV show and the pair first struck up a relationship in 2018 – the same year the hit show was axed.

And things are still going strong for the pair as in September they announced to fans that they had gotten engaged. Laila took to her Instagram to share the news with a slew of loved-up snaps.

The happy couple looked smitten in the series of snaps from Croatia as Laila showed off her jaw-dropping ring. Adam and Laila were holidaying there when Adam popped the question.

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