The Hollyoaks soap actor Kieron Richardson has revealed that before he came out last year, other actors warned him that it could stop him from getting roles. The actor was speaking out to GAYDAR RADIO and other media at Brighton Pride last weekend.
His comments echo those made many many years ago by top posh actor Rupert Everett. “Obviously I had a lot of advice before I did come out. Other actors in the business, they were like, ‘Oh, maybe it’s not really a good thing to do’ because they felt it could hinder my career.” Said the soap star.
The Brighton Pride organisers refused to reveal how much Richardson was paid to appear at the festivities in Preston Park, however an insider hinted a figure around £1500 had been mentioned. Many will think that was money wasted as the young actor was booed off stage by the assembled crowd.
Richardson came out on This Morning in September last year. He’s since claimed to have received 17,000 emails of support on the day the show was aired. “Like I say to everybody, when you say the words you don’t melt, you don’t die, you don’t combust on the spot. It’s not a big deal and there’s so many people doing it now, young people like myself and obviously Joe McElderry.” he told reporters from Pink News, Gaydar Radio and others at Brighton Pride, adding “To be honest with you, since last September, everything’s been happening for me in a good way so it’s all been worth it and I’m really, really glad that I did it.”