The Hollyoaks cast, executive producer Bryan Kirkwood and writer Jayshree Patel have been discussing the impact and the reach of the far right extremism storyline that has been running across the year. The team have worked hard with Small Steps and Prevent among other charities and organisations to ensure that the portrayal is hauntingly authentic.
This week, the story reached a peak which saw a terrorist attack carried out by Jonny Baxter (Ray Quinn). Meanwhile, groomed into the far right group, Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) finally started to see the truth of his own manipulation.
As a result of the story, people in real life have spoken out about the growing threat of far right extremism in the country, with several, including a 16-year-old boy, self referring themselves for support as they are in similar situations to Ste.
For actors including Harvey Virdi, who plays Misbah and Rishi Nair aka Sami, tapping into their own experiences has been a vital part of acting out some of the toughest scenes of their careers.
Speaking at a conference and screening around the storyline, attended by Metro.co.uk, Harvey explained: If youve experienced this, and you guys only talk about it amongst yourselves, how will it ever change, and yes its uncomfortable and difficult to watch, but it should be.
She also added that as a young woman, she had hoped for things to be a lot different now but admitted that this was a naive viewpoint at the time. Jayshree added that there were often rose tinted spectacles about decades like the 90s these days but the problem has continued to grow over the years and needs confronted.
Rishi said: From my experiences, even when Im older, I get that little look and that little comment, and you always second guess yourself and you think, did that just happen or am I over thinking it? I think we can use that and I can draw on that feeling, thatRead More – Source