EastEnders actor says soap needs more gays

John Patridge, who played gay personal trainer Christian in the British soap, hopes his storyline helped break new ground

EastEnders actor says soap needs more gays
02 January 2013

Actor John Partridge, who played gay character Christian in British soap EastEnders, says the BBC show needs more gay roles.

Partridge left the long-running series set in London’s East End in November after five years playing the hunky personal trainer with on screen partner Syed, played by Marc Elliot.

He told The Sun he hoped the huge success of the ground-breaking characters will inspire the soap’s writers to introduce more gay people to the famous Albert Square.

‘Bring in hot new gays, that’s what I say,’ Partridge said. ‘Everyone needs to be represented — so somebody’s got to come flying that pink flag.’

The role of Syed broke new ground on the program by tackling the controversial subject of being a gay Muslim. The couple were so popular, fans lovingly branded them ‘Cryed’.

Partridge, who is in a civil partnership with Canadian actor Jon Tsouras, added: ‘We only ever had a positive response from people.

‘It became a love story and the fact that it was two men became immaterial. It really became something that was quite beautiful as opposed to sensational.’

He will return to his musical theatre roots this year, playing Zach in a West End revival of A Chorus Line.

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