Hollyoaks’ Gabriel Clark 'proudly part of LGBTQ+ community' as he praises soap's inclusion

Hollyoaks actor Gabriel Clark has praised the soap for its inclusivity and has come out publicly as gay to his fans.

The star, who has taken over the role of Ollie Morgan from Aeden Duckworth, is still a newcomer to the series, and is already making waves in a hard-hitting storyline.

In a post alongside the rainbow flag and a heart emoji, and photos of him beside the iconic Hollyoaks sign, he wrote: ‘I love my job SO much, thank you to everyone who’ve sent such lovely messages over this last month!

‘There’s so much drama to come and I’m so excited to bring it to screen and proud to be part of such an amazing cast! (And a part of the growing LGBT+ community on the show!)’

In a later Instagram Q+A, when asked if he was a member of the LGBTQIA community, Gabriel simply said: ‘I am, and I’m proud to be.’

After his revelation to his growing online fanbase, Gabriel turned his attention to the show, and said: ‘Thank you so much to @Hollyoaks for putting diversity and inclusivity at the centre of their work (on and off screen), it’s so exciting to be a small part of a huge positive change.’

Hollyoaks has been at the forefront of several key moments of LGBT representation on television over the course of the show’s 25-year run.

This has included proudly bisexual character Kris back in 2006, who would also embrace androgynous clothing in a way that hadn’t been seen in Soapland before.

In 2015, Annie Wallace, who plays Sally St Clair, became the first transgender actor in a soap to play a transgender role, with previous representation only ever being given to cisgender performers.

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