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Michael Cashman: ‘I Thought, Have I Got An Invisible Sign That Says: “Abuse Me, I Won’t Tell?

Published: 29/01/2020

In many people’s minds, Michael Cashman – actor, activist, MEP, co-founder of Stonewall and member of the House of Lords – will always be associated with a kiss. In 1985, he had been approached by the creators of EastEnders, Julia Smith and Tony Holland, to play Colin Russell – the British soap’s first gay character. Cashman was nervous at the thought of the press scrutiny that could follow, but agreed. Even before his character was announced, the Sun ran a story about the role under the headline “Eastbenders”.

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