Heathcliff "Heath" Hope is the son of Bob and Viv Hope as well as twin brother of Cathy, who is the older of the twins. Heath along side Cathy, live with their father's wife Brenda Hope after Bob cheated on her.
Since Bob and Viv's remarriage in 2006 they had wanted a child. When Viv finally found out she was pregnant, Bob did not want another child because of the death of his daughter Dawn. She was ready to have an abortion when Bob stopped her. Heath and twin-sister Cathy are born on 9th February 2007 in a shed on the moors, hence their names, delivered by village veterinarian Paddy Kirk. Heath is the younger of the twins.
They are baptised in May 2007, with nine godparents; Terry Woods, Marlon Dingle, Paddy Kirk, Donna Windsor-Dingle, Jamie Hope, Roxy Lockhart, Emily Kirk, Eddie Hope and Kelly Windsor. In July 2007, they are entered in a "Cute Kids" competition, which Heath wins.