Ok, we know Eastenders is not real! We are, of course, talking about Marc Elliott who has revealed that he has received homophobic abuse in the street over his/Syed’s gay storyline.
We’ve all been watching as Marc’s alter ego Syed Masood struggled to come to terms with his love for Christian Clarke (John Partridge).
It seems the poor chap isn’t having an easy time of it at home either. Marc has now confessed that there has been a mixed response to the long-running plot – with some fans embracing the story and others keen to voice their disapproval. “Since playing Syed I have really got it in the neck when I’m out. A lot of people are supportive but there is still a huge amount of negativity.”
The actor said that he is able to laugh off the abuse, adding: “I haven’t been threatened but there’s a lot of cat-calling in the street. Any insult, I’ve had it thrown at me. It’s an incredibly important part. In so many cultures being gay is still something swept under the carpet.”
The ceremony airs tonight at 7.30pm on ITV1.