Former Hollyoaks star Gerard McCarthy has come out as non-binary in a social media post. If you’re a fan of soap operas, then chances are you’ve heard of the long-running series Hollyoaks.
The show, which first premiered in 1995, follows the dramatic and scandalous lives of young adults in the titular village. Over the years, an array of groundbreaking characters have been introduced within the series, including McCarthy’s queer and gender-fluid character Kris Fisher.
On 21 June, the acclaimed actor has opened up about their own gender identity and sexuality in celebration of Pride Month. Taking to Instagram, the 41-year-old came out as non-binary in a heartfelt post. “Since I was a child, my relationship with my own sexuality, gender identity and place in this world has always been a rollercoaster of a journey for me,” McCarthy said.
The Fall star, who uses they/them pronouns, went on to say that due to their uncertainty, they were constantly guarded to “avoid talking about it.” “I’ve never spoken honestly about it because I’ve been worried about how other people might react and afraid of not having satisfactory answers to the questions that I’ll be asked,” they continued.