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Hollyoaks Star Tylan Grant Opens Up Over “Emotional” Storyline For Brooke Hathaway

July 26, 2021

Hollyoaks star Tylan Grant has opened up about Brooke Hathaway‘s latest storyline, which has seen the teenager come to terms with their gender identity.

In yesterday’s (July 22) first-look episode of the Channel 4 soap, viewers saw Brooke struggle with the announcement that they had been voted prom queen of Hollyoaks High, before explaining why to their friends.

“I don’t think I identify as a boy or a girl,” Brooke told Juliet Nightingale and Imran Maalik, who were only too happy to support them no matter what.

The sensitive but ultimately uplifting plot has meant a lot to Tylan, who also identifies as non-binary. Speaking about their connection to the ‘Oaks storyline, Tylan told followers on Instagram that they hope it encourages any viewers in a similar situation.

“This storyline in particular means a lot to me, being non binary myself, seeing the progression of Brooke’s self growth and self discovery has been emotional and empowering for me,” they wrote alongside a series of behind-the-scenes pics.

“I hope anyone out there who is coming to terms (or confused) with their identity can feel heard, encouraged or that I can be the representation that I so needed when I was younger,” Tylan added, before thanking fans “for the love”.

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first-look screenings at 7pm on E4.

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