DANNY Miller has said when his character in Emmerdale came out as gay, it helped to change stereotypes.
Miller, 30, told his I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! campmates that when a new producer joined the ITV drama and asked if he would portray a gay man, it “made” his career.
He said: “There’s obviously gay characters in Soap, but in terms of against all stereotypes of a gay man, and it made me think that would be so good. At the time, 13 years ago, it wasn’t as kind of open and accepted at that time as it is now. I think part of it helped change some perceptions of it really.
“I’ve had loads of fan letters and stuff that have come through at work that said ‘you helped me come out’, ‘you helped me deal with my sexuality’ and stuff and you think… wow.”
In the episode, Miller was asked if he ever got any “stick” for playing a gay man and being straight.
He added: “People are always saying it to me when they meet me, they’ll go, instantly if it was a bloke ‘how do you kiss them men?’ That’s exactly what we’re trying to stop, the stereotype of how do you do that?”
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