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EastEnders To Make History By Introducing a Trans Character

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Executive Producer of Eastenders, revealed at National Student Pride this afternoon that he is set to create a trans character for the iconic British soap.

◉ Trans storyline will be the first in the soap’s 30 year history.

◉ EastEnder’s producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins hasn’t written the character yet but is planning to do it soon.

◉ Will be the first BBC made soap to have a transgender character.

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He told a packed audience at the University of Westminster, who hosted the event:

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“I am planning to [write a trans storyline]. Pen hasn’t hit paper yet but research is in the planning.”

Treadwell-Collins announced the plans during the events Representation in Film and TV discussion, which also featured Emmerdales Alicia Eyo, Waterloo Road’s Heather Peace and Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black.

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Although he said that writing hadn’t started he admitted he thought:

“The power of Eastenders is that we can change the world a little.”

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The producer, who’s just finished #EELive, said that he would be keen to cast a transgender actor into the role.

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Collins does realise that there would be some challenges in such a storyline. Talking about Eddie Redmayne’s new role in the Danish Girl he said,

“We have to be very, very careful about what we say. With EastEnders you’re preaching to a lot of people who don’t want to hear it [about LGBT issues].”

Coronation Street ran a trangender storyline from 1998 with the character Hayley Anne Cropper, played by Julie Hesmondhaigh.

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Student Pride is an annual event which this year celebrated its tenth anniversary. It was hosted at the University of Westminster, Marylebone, for the second year running.

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