Kieron Richardson's Hollyoaks fan shock

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Kieron Richardson admits he was surprised that fans of 'Hollyoaks' were more shocked when he came out than his alter-ego Ste Hay.

Kieron Richardson is surprised 'Hollyoaks' fans were shocked when he came out as gay.

The actor - whose character Ste Hay is about to fall for bad boy Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) in his first homosexual relationship - admits he didn't realise viewers of the Channel 4 soap would be more interested in his personal life than his alter-ego Ste.

He said: "The fans have been quite shocked about me coming out as gay, when I think it's quite obvious! They've been more shocked about that than they have been about Ste. I think it's nice that the fans have just accepted Ste being gay straight away, because I was worried that it wouldn't be believable because of him being a real straight character in the past and a bit of a scally."

Despite Ste's newfound feelings for men, Kieron doesn't want to change anything else about his character over the coming weeks.

He added to DigitalSpy: "I was thinking a lot about the storyline - and when you know that your character's turning gay, you can kind of play to that stereotype and camp it up a bit, but I thought that in order to be true to the character, I had to fight against that. I wanted to play it completely Ste, completely straight, with no changes except that he likes men now. I also think what's nice about the storyline is that it isn't the same as any other soap sexuality storyline, because Ste doesn't question his sexuality and it's not about a struggle - it's about domestic abuse in a gay relationship, and that hasn't been done on a soap before."

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