Kellie Bright 'honoured' by difficult rape storyline
'EastEnders' actress Kellie Bright is "honoured" her character Linda Carter will be involved in a rape storyline on the soap, because she wants to highlight a very important issue and raise awareness of sexual assault
Kellie Bright is "honoured" to be working on a rape storyline for 'EastEnders' to help raise awareness of sexual assault.
The soap star plays Linda Carter, and her character will be attacked by her brother-in-law Dean Wicks - played by Matt Di Angelo - during the distressing plot later this year, and the actress is hoping to "highlight the issue" on screen.
She told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "I feel honoured to be given the responsibility to highlight the issue and educate against many myths surrounding rape.
"The statistics are shocking. I hope 'EastEnders' will help change people's perceptions."
With show bosses hoping the storyline can highlight the importance of talking about this issue, Linda's co-star Matt admitted it was a "challenging" role to play.
He said: "This is an extremely challenging storyline to play but an incredibly important story to tell."
'EastEnders' bosses are working with charity Rape Crisis South London on the storyline, and a representative insisted the show would find the right balance.
Fiona Elvines added: "It is important these stories are told in dramas to start to change public perception of rape which heavily blames survives.
"'EastEnders' has demonstrated a commitment to getting the balance right. We hope anyone watching who wants to talk about their own experiences feels able to call the National Rape Crisis Helpline."