Hollyoaks is lining up a sinister grooming storyline for newcomer Ollie Morgan.
The dark plot will show Ollie’s football boss, Buster Smith, abuse his position of power and groom Ollie, who is the son of fan favourite Luke Morgan.
Over the next few weeks teenage Ollie will start to confide in Buster about how tough he’s finding adjusting to his new life in the village getting to know his dad.
Although Ollie is unaware of the football coach’s intentions, the early scenes between the two will pave the way for a very emotional storyline.
Buster arrived in the village a couple of weeks ago and while his son Damon was delighted to see him, his best friend Brody didn’t react quite so well which was a suggestion the character could have a dark side.
Hollyoaks cast and writers have been working closely with Manchester charity Survivors which has recently assisted with Coronation Street’s controversial male rape storyline.
Aedan Duckworth, who plays Ollie, said: “It’s a privilege to have been given this challenging storyline for Ollie. To ensure I accurately depict Ollie’s situation, I have had guidance from Survivors Manchester, and support and advice from Gary Lucy during the filming process.
“I hope to continue to raise awareness around this subject and encourage those who may have found themselves in a similar situation, to reach out and seek the support they deserve.”
Duncan Craig who founded Survivors Manchester added: “It is once again an absolute pleasure to be working with Hollyoaks on another hugely important storyline that is so topical and relevant.
“Working with producers, researchers, scriptwriters and the cast, we have been able to develop a story that is rooted firmly in the present day and will show the intricacies of grooming and the difficulty in speaking out as a young male.
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“The team at Hollyoaks has again 100% committed to working with us to ensuring the male survivor sat at home watching the story will feel he is understood. As a survivor-led organisation, this is important part of this work.”
The storyline will begin on air on Monday 16th April 7pm on E4, as Brody confides in Scarlett and Buster gets closer to Ollie.