Emmerdale star Dominic Brunt said the show’s current gay storyline is different from any similar soap plot.

The actor, who plays Paddy Kirk, said it’s the reluctance of Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) to accept his sexuality that makes the storyline stand out.

He said: “The gay thing has been tackled by soaps for ever, but it’s differently done because he didn’t arrive gay – he’s almost a homophobic homosexual because he doesn’t like what he is at all.

“His peer group don’t like gay lads. He even punched a gay lad in the past to get in with his mates. It’s just really interesting because he’s really fighting it.

“It’s done more realistically than I’ve seen in a soap. There have been gay storylines in here before, but [in this one] there are no cliches whatsoever. It’s just fantastically done.”

Dominic said no one else in the village would be troubled by Aaron’s sexuality, but the teenager is terrified about what people will think.

He hopes viewers will find the storyline helpful if they are going through a similar experience.

“I think there’ll be people out there that don’t know what they are, or they’ve been hiding it, and I think this will help. All Aaron’s problems, anything that goes wrong is his own thoughts. He’s his own worst enemy, no one else is bothered.”

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