Eastenders: stars say show needs more gay and mixed race characters

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Two stars of the BBC soap Eastenders, have hit out at the show saying that it isn’t truly representative of a London community.

John Partridge and Nina Toussaint-White, who play Christian and Syd, have both claimed that the show needs more mixed race and gay characters to be truly realistic.

Nina, whose character is dating Bradley Branning on the show, told The Sun: “You never got mixed-race relationships before and I’d like to see more of them. It’s getting better but it’s under-represented.

“EastEnders is set in London and there are a lot of black people, Asian families and other cultures there and it doesn’t show that.”

Nina compared Eastenders to other mainstream soaps saying: “The other soaps are Northern so the diverse culture we have in London doesn’t always apply up there.”

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John Partridge fumed: “There still need to be more gay storylines because gay is mainstream now.

“You’ve only got to turn on your TV to see gay presenters, journalists – it’s all out there.

“As much as I say it’s not a big deal there’s still a taboo about it. While some people say it’s difficult to show a gay relationship at 7.30pm, what’s so offensive about two men together really?

“So I think ‘Bring it on – the more kissing the better!'”

He also said that he’d like to see his character end up living happily ever after with confused gay Muslim Syed Masood (Marc Elliott), adding: “I think that would be a more positive message.”

A spokeswoman said: “EastEnders has always reflected the diversity of London’s East End. The Masood and Fox families are among our most loved characters with some of the most topical and ground breaking stories.”

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