Hollyoaks (opens in new tab) star Steven Roberts has revealed his character George Smith is set to be forced into prostitution. Troubled teen George ran away from home while battling confusion about his sexuality and has been sleeping rough with friend Phoebe. Steven told Inside Soap magazine his character is 'terrified' when he is held captive by human traffickers. He said: "It's been hinted at in previous Hollyoaks episodes that Deena and Graham want to force George and Phoebe into prostitution. "Their intentions become clearer when Deena announces that a man called Mr Evans is coming to visit George - and it's obvious that they won't just be playing card games together. "George is terrified at the prospect. He's imprisoned with no way to escape." Friend Phoebe (Mandip Gill) betrayed George by helping lure him back to Deena, but she ends up being held captive as well." Steven revealed: "Phoebe's the stronger one of the two of them, so Deena drugs her. She begins to slip in and out of consciousness as a result, and George's only lifeline is slipping away before his eyes. "The episodes are quite shocking and dramatic. George's friends in the village realise that he's gone missing - so it's a matter of if, how and when he might resurface that the audience will have to watch out for."
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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