While the storyline has been a divisive and troublesome watch, one factor that Hollyoaks followers have been just about unanimous on is the unbelievable performances of Ray Quinn as far right extremist Jonny. As Jonny groomed and radicalised Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) into the racist gang which has focused the Maaliks, issues lately got here to a head when Jonny induced an explosion which badly injured Yasmine (Haiesha Mistry).
The former Brookside actor and X Factor star has given profession defining performances in a task which present boss Bryan Kirkwood has admitted he couldn’t have had the life expertise to arrange for. And that’s what makes it all of the extra spectacular, reckons the chief producer.
However, Jonny is a finite character with a shelf life. When we requested if he would have most popular to maintain Ray round for a very long time or if he is proud of the position he was forged in, Bryan informed Metro.co.uk: ‘Both! He is gobsmackingly good. He’s so charming and candy in actual life and he has grown up on tv units and X Factor inexperienced rooms – he has obtained no life expertise similar to what he is acting on display screen. Yet, he is so compelling, fierce and horrible, I simply suppose he is extraordinary.
‘So it’s a bittersweet factor – I’d have beloved to have had Ray Quinn for the following 10 years. But equally to have him for one yr like this has been a extremely good factor. That scene the place he stated to Misbah, “I don’t need your Muslim arms on me” – that’s the pinnacle of the story. This goes again to Nigel from Small Steps who has been advising us – that was a picture he gave us in our first assembly. Some persons are so far gone into that hatred that they might fairly die and make themselves a martyr fairly than be healed by somebody of the Islamic religion. We thought that it’s disgusting and terrible – however how will we get to that time within the story?’
He added: ‘I’m certain Kieron gained’t thoughts me saying this – he was actually fearful about being the poster boy for this darkish story. He did ask that he might need a co-star who may go on morning tv sofas with him and share the load. That was understanable, an affordable request. Getting X Factor’s Ray Quinn in definitely solved that!’