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'Hollyoaks' Tilly is representing teens, says Lucy Dixon

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Tilly Evans - played by Lucy Dixon

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Hollyoaks star Lucy Dixon has revealed that she is aiming to present a positive portrayal of teen life on the soap.

The actress made her debut as Tilly Evans in June and became a regular from September, when her character joined Hollyoaks' sixth form college.

Tilly's first storyline saw her have a holiday romance with Esther Bloom (Jazmine Franks) in Abersoch, but she has since shared most of her screen time with her fellow sixth formers.

Dixon told the Manchester Evening News of Tilly: "I think she just represents the general 16/17-year-olds in a brilliant way. Not all teenagers are binge-drinkers, and Tilly is the exact opposite of anything like that. She shows the good in teenagers. She's a hard worker, she's confident and self-assured.

"That includes in her sexuality. What is brilliant about Hollyoaks is they don't need to make a big issue of the fact she's a lesbian, she's just a teenager getting on with things.

"She's not defined by her sexuality, nobody is and I think that really shines through. You see that in the storylines between Ste and Brendan, too - the storyline is the domestic abuse in a relationship, it isn't that they're gay."

Dixon added that her interest in acting began at an early age when she took part in a school play.

"My mum and dad tell me that after that day I never stopped talking about it and, from that point on, I think they knew that was probably going to be the career for me," she said.

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4.

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