James Sutton's Hollyoaks rape story taking its toll

'Hollyoaks' star James Sutton - who plays teacher John Paul McQueen on the soap - has admitted his current storyline which sees his character coping with rape has taken its toll on him

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James Sutton's rape storyline in 'Hollyoaks' is taking its toll.

The soap star's character - teacher John Paul McQueen - was assaulted by a pupil, and he admitted the fall-out of his on-screen trauma has left him feeling a lot of "pressure" to do his performance justice for real-life victims.

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, he admitted: "I remember when I was first told about the storyline. I felt a huge amount of pressure. "You've got to get this sort of thing right as you've a huge responsibility to the people who are going through something similar or have been through it already.

"It's a really dark storyline. and it has taken its toll. I'm exhausted and I'm tired. I look like rubbish but this is what happens when people have been through what John Paul has been through."

The 31-year-old actor has been moved and delighted by the public response to the storyline, particularly with it encouraging people to call charity Survivor for advice.

He added: "After John Paul's attack, the helplines were inundated. We always knew what an important storyline this was going to be and the response has left me speechless.

"As an actor, to be told that what you're doing is very real and true to life is one of the biggest compliments you can receive ... The public reaction has been incredible."

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