Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson says he’s honoured to be at the centre of an HIV storyline, but is feeling the pressure to play it convincingly.

Kieron, who plays Ste Hay in the C4 soap, told What’s on TV at the National TV Awards: “To go into my ninth year on the show and to go into a storyline like this I feel massively honoured, I feel proud, but I also feel the pressure, knowing that HIV does exist massively, especially within the gay community, so I have to get this right; the show, the writers, we all have to come together. You don’t want to offend anybody, you just want to be the voice.

“The episode aired last night and we got so many messages last night going we didn’t know easy it was to go and get a sample done. It takes 60 seconds and if 1-2 people go and get themselves tested because of this it can only be a good thing.”

Watch an interview with Hollyoaks’ Kieron Richardson and Stephanie Davis, above.