Dan­ger for Ste!

HIS PAL JONNY HAS SIN­IS­TER IN­TEN­TIONS…

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Lonely Ste thinks ro­mance is on the cards for him this fes­tive sea­son, as he moves in for a kiss with new friend Jonny!

The pair have been spend­ing more and more time to­gether re­cently, and with Ste at a low point in his life, he can’t help but lap up the at­ten­tion that Jonny’s been lav­ish­ing on him. How­ever, what the poor fella doesn’t re­alise is that Jonny has men­ac­ing rea­sons for be­friend­ing him…

“Jonny has been telling Ste that he’s amaz­ing, and giv­ing him the self-con­fi­dence that he re­ally needs right now,” ex­plains

Ray Quinn, who plays new­comer Jonny. “He’s do­ing more for Ste than any­body else has ever done, and Ste is re­ally start­ing to fall for his charm. Un­for­tu­nately, Ste doesn’t un­der­stand that Jonny ac­tu­ally has ul­te­rior mo­tives for his be­hav­iour.” Hol­lyoaks re­cently an­nounced that Jonny’s ar­rival in the vil­lage would kick off a rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion sto­ry­line, in which

Ste would be­come in­volved in a far-right ex­trem­ist group. This is the start of his jour­ney into be­ing

groomed by the or­gan­i­sa­tion – but Ray tells us that Jonny is just as much a vic­tim as Ste’s set to be.

“Jonny was aban­doned as a child, and he’s ex­pe­ri­enced a lot of pain in his life,” re­veals Ray. “He never re­ally had a foun­da­tion, un­til he met a par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­ual who has groomed him. This per­son gave Jonny love and sup­port, al­most like a fam­ily, and looked af­ter him. He clung to this guy like a fa­ther fig­ure, and now Jonny would go to the ends of the earth for him.”

In his bid to re­pay the ‘fam­ily’ who took in Jonny when ev­ery­one else had turned their backs on him, he is look­ing for new re­cruits for the group. So when he spot­ted Ste protest­ing about Mis­bah out­side the hospi­tal a few weeks ago, he iden­ti­fied the per­fect tar­get.

Jonny sees that Ste is vul­ner­a­ble and easy to ma­nip­u­late…”

“Jonny sees that Ste is vul­ner­a­ble, and easy to ma­nip­u­late,” reck­ons Ray. “Not only that, but the fact that Ste is gay will look good for the group, be­cause it shows that they aren’t against peo­ple who are part of the LGBT com­mu­nity.”

Ray ad­mits that Jonny is a com­plex char­ac­ter, and he’s find­ing it tough to get his head around the fella’s mo­ti­va­tions. Even so, he’s rel­ish­ing the chal­lenge.

“I’m jump­ing into the deep end with

Hol­lyoaks, but it’s a huge op­por­tu­nity,” he grins. “This plot will be quite con­tro­ver­sial, but it’ll be a real ed­u­ca­tion. I’m en­joy­ing ev­ery mo­ment so far – so roll on, 2019!”

Ste is tar­geted by Jonny af­ter his protests against Mis­bah

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