Emmerdale star Emile John discusses aftermath of racism storyline

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This article contains discussion of racist hate crimes, which some readers may find upsetting.

Emmerdale spoilers follow.

Emmerdale actor Emile John has spoken about his character Ethan Anderson's latest storyline, which sees his character become a victim of a racist hate crime.

In upcoming episodes, lawyer Ethan will be attacked by his client Jordan who has been arrested for attacking Billy Fletcher in another racist attack.

After that, Ethan decides to stop representing Jordan due to his continued aggressive behaviour in the hopes that he can put the case behind him. However, Ethan is followed into the station by Jordan who then proceeds to viciously assault him.

John has praised the soap for the "brave" storyline, saying while speaking to Digital Spy and other media that it's "important to show that these people like Jordan do exist in the world".

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John shared: "I think Emmerdale has been really brave and also they're showing it in its most huge form. Usually when we see series or dramas talk on the topic of racism, it's a more covert racism and it's not really too harsh, but here we see someone who is actually very overt with it. His [Jordan's] language is disgusting."

The actor also discussed the impact the attack will have on Ethan in the future. "The stakes are extremely high here. It's Ethan's career, he's worked so hard to climb the ladder in these fields," he explained.

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"I think he'll probably want to choose his cases more wisely, I don't think he'll be throwing himself into just into any old case. I think this will change Ethan in a way," he continued.

"He took the case because he wants to make a good impression on the firm, but I think this is probably a lesson to Ethan that as much as you want to progress in your career, there are more important things and your career isn't the be all and end all."

Hollyoaks now streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4.

Selected omnibus episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video.

If you've been affected by racism and racist hate crime, then organisations including the Equality and Advisory Support Service (EASS), the Monitoring Group, Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) and Stop Hate UK are among those which can offer help and support.

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