HOLLYOAKS actor Jamie Lomas has been forced to close his acting school with £92,000 in debt.
Two of the soap star’s three companies went bankrupt last month, business records have been revealed.
Jamie Lomas The affiliated companies were established in 2016, for “other film, television and theater casting activities”.
While his other business, First Take School of Acting, was founded in June 2018 – two years before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
First Take Acting owes £73,449 while Jamie Lomas Associates owes £18,945.
Neither company has the assets to repay the debt.
It follows an extremely difficult time for the industry, with theaters and schools across the country closing because of Covid restrictions.
Jamie – who was married to Coronation Street star Kym Marsh – has been acting in Hollyoaks since 2006.
He took a five-year break in 2011, continuing to join EastEnders as the famous Jake Stone from 2013 to 2014.
He is drawn into the plot of Lucy Beale’s murder when her blood is found in his home.
Jamie – whose sister Charley Webb plays in Emmerdale – returned to Hollyoaks in 2016.
The father-of-three has set up three businesses to earn extra money along with his acting.
Both the 46-year-old’s businesses owe HMRC PAYE labor taxes as well as money to NatWest Bank.
Jamie Lomas Associates owes HMRC £1,147 and NatWest £14,986; while First Take owes HMRC £35,319 and Nat West £38,128.
In addition to these debts, staff at Jamie Lomas owe £2,810 according to ’employee notice’.
The liquidation follows statements of government support in 2020 and 2021.
Both companies rely on employee expenses claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Program – commonly known as furlough.
Papers from HMRC report First Take School of Acting has claimed up to £90,000 under the scheme, while Jamie Lomas Associates pocketed up to £70,000.
With reported claims in the band £0-10,000 for First Take in December 2020; Jury, February, March, April, June, July, August and September.
Jamie Lomas Associates, also in the band 0-10,000, made December 2020; as well as the Jury, April, June, July, August and September.
The nature of businesses reported on the Company page is ‘media representation services’.
It held £1,373 as of August 31, 2019, according to accounts; while Jamie Lomas Associates was £23,335 in February 2020.
Lomas’ third business is called Jamie Lomas 21 and was founded in 2017.
It makes two claims for a sum of £0-10,000 in December 2020 and Janaury in 2021.
It held £90,708 for Lomas on 31 October 2020.
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