A FORMER Hollyoaks actor who claimed he had sex with a 15-year-old girl while he was asleep has been jailed for eight years for rape and sexual assault.

Simon Morris, 42, was sentenced today at Cardiff Crown Court to eight years' imprisonment for rape and five years for sexual assault, to be served concurrently.

The former actor, who is an ex-Duffryn pupil, denied rape and said he suffered from an extremely rare condition called sexsomnia, which meant he sometimes had sex in his sleep.

He was found guilty of the offences on December 17, 2012.