The actor appeared in 13 episodes of the hit Netflix drama as the Duke of Edinburgh’s valet and has also starred in Bang, Casualty and Vera, Mediamole reported.
Rafe is first seen in an episode set at Chester Races, where he meets Sienna (Anna Passey) and immediately charms her - although their interactions could spark a rift with her boyfriend Ethan (Matthew James-Bailey).
“Joining the team at Hollyoaks feels a bit like meeting the family of a partner you really like - a little bit intimidating, but also very fulfilling,” said Gordon. “There’s a real closeness throughout the departments and I’ve been welcomed into the fold with grace.
“Working with Anna has been an utter joy, not only as an actor but as a person too. Sienna’s journey collides with Rafe and there’s, well, fireworks!
“[He’s] not the usual man around town. The mystery and complexity of a road less travelled is something I’m really looking forward to playing and sharing with the fans.”
Soap stalwart Passey added: “We are so excited to have Chris join the cast. He is a wonderful actor, and is bringing something completely new to the village with Rafe.
“We are already having so much fun with this storyline, and I cannot wait for the audience to meet our suave and mysterious Rafe.
“Chris is an absolute dream to work with - it looks like an exciting year ahead!”
Rafe’s first appearance will come in E4’s first-look episode of Hollyoaks on Tuesday, May 9.