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Coronation Street's Alexandra Mardell shares rare photo of brother as she reveals racist abuse

Alexandra is one of the many celebrities who has spoken out about racism

Coronation Street star Alexandra Mardell has shared a rare photo of her brother as she reveals racist abuse she has received.

The actress, who plays Emma Brooker in the ITV soap, posted the picture to her Instagram page. Alongside is a picture which says: "Race, Gender, Religion, Sexuality, we are all people and that's it. We're all people, we're all equal."

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Alexandra captioned the post: "This is my brother. My full brother. Same parents, same genes, same upbringing, same society. He has never personally been racially abused. I have.

"And of course I am so, so glad that he hasn't. But he is black. We are the same.

"Does this not prove that we are all the same no matter what colour? One race. The human race.

"Skin colour should not make you better or worse than someone else. The only difference it a level of melanin. 'We're all people, we're all equal'.

"Love you bro!"

Showing support

Alexandra plays Emma in Coronation Street (Credit: ITV)

Alexandra's followers have showed their support for the actress.

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Her co-star Jane Hazlegrove, who plays Bernie Winter, wrote: "You are the best! Articulate and kind! Lead on my darling."

One fan wrote: "Hear hear!"

A second commented: "Love this."

Celebrity support - George Floyd's death

Alexandra's post comes after the death of George Floyd, who was killed in America by the police last week.

George, a black American, died after being arrested in Minnesota after allegedly trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill.

Four police officers hovered after the arrest with one white officer pressing his knee on his neck, continuing to do so after he'd lost consciousness.

Celebrities, including Meghan Markle, has spoken out about George's death and racism (Credit: YouTube)

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On video footage shot by bystanders, they appeared to ignore Floyd's warnings that he couldn't breathe.

The 46-year-old subsequently died an hour later.

Since his death, protests across the world have begun with people supporting #BlackLivesMatter.

Today, former actress Meghan Markle gave a moving speech on his death.

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