Actor Richard Blackwood, reveals new role tackling racism in the police

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source: Metro News
published: 19 February 2021

Hollyoaks’ Richard Blackwood has revealed that he hopes people will be ‘more receptive’ to his upcoming project in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Typical, a play by Ryan Calais Cameron, tells the true story of former paratrooper Christopher Alder, 37, who choked to death while handcuffed and lying on the floor of a police station in Hull in 1998. The inquest jury in 2000 returned a verdict of unlawful killing, and in 2002, five police officers went on trial, but all the officers were acquitted on the orders of the judge. The play originally premiered at the Soho Theatre back in 2019.

Richard – who portrays Felix Westwood in Hollyoaks — recorded the show in the summer of 2020 as Black Lives Matter protests took place all around the world following the death of George Floyd.

‘I remember when it happened,’ Richard told PA News Agency. ‘I’m 49 this year, I was an adult when it happened. It’s not like I was too young to understand what was going on.

‘But also I was of the age where I remember being a teenager and being scared of the police because of knowing that could easily happen to you, being taken in.

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