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'Hollyoaks' John Omole on Vincent's sexuality, immigration storylines

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Hollyoaks' John Omole has spoken about his tough introductory storyline on the Channel 4 soap.

Interviewed by fellow actor Kieron Richardson for the official Hollyoaks YouTube channel, Omole discussed how his character Vincent Elegba struggles to face up to his problems.



Vincent arrived in the Chester village as an illegal immigrant from Nigeria, who fled his home country because of his sexuality.

Omole said: "It's a massive problem for Vincent, because the laws of the country say he could be put to prison for 14 years.

"It's also that his family don't really accept the way of life of a homosexual person, so they've told him that he should probably get going to save them, to save him. He thinks of it as an illness, as a sickness."

John Omole as Vincent Elegba in Hollyoaks

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John Omole as Vincent Elegba in Hollyoaks



Speaking about Vincent and George Smith's on-screen kiss, Omole added: "He's just about getting to the fact that he is gay and now he's finding that he actually has feelings for other men so it's really difficult for him.

"He really, really, really likes George. He's not quite sure how to take it in fact because this is the first person he's really felt like that about."

On Vincent's future, Omole said that he must now "face his fears".

"He's been running for a very long time," he added. "So he has to face the whole immigration problem and he has to face his feelings for George and also face this problem that he has with wanting Phoebe to be his best friend and not his partner."

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