It’s a tough hitting watch and an enormous problem for any actor to tackle. Being groomed and radicalised right into a racist far proper motion arrange to spout hatred and vitriol towards Muslims, Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) has grow to be distinctly unpopular amongst Hollyoaks followers – and understandably so.
After years of constructing Ste again up as a personality following a home abuse story, Kieron admitted throughout a convention attended by Metro.co.uk that he was anxious about turning his alter ego right into a hate determine after practically 14 years. As a results of among the scenes Ste has been on the centre of, Kieron has been on the centre of backlash which has led to him deleting his social media accounts.
So it in all probability comes as little shock that when the story was pitched to him, Kieron was deeply nervous and nearly didn’t tackle the problem. However, a 12 months on, and he couldn’t be extra happy with the impression of the storyline, with many praising the cleaning soap for tackling the rising concern of far proper extremism head on.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk and others, Kieron defined: ‘When the blokes sat me down initially, I hadn’t heard of radicalisation earlier than and I didn’t know what it was. Then we had a gathering with the blokes from Exit UK. Basically, most of our story has been primarily based on their work.
‘I got here out of that assembly and stated to (Hollyoaks boss) Bryan Kirkwood, !I don’t need to do it. I’m too scared, I can’t do it. I’m so glad now although, over a 12 months later, that I did. Watching this week’s episodes, I’m so happy with it as a physique of labor.’
The episodes see Ste lastly see the reality in regards to the far proper group following an explosion that has had devastating penalties.