Michael Cashman reveals he received ‘vicious’ homophobic hate mail while on EastEnders
Michael Cashman, former actor, activist and now member of the House of Lords, has revealed details of the homophobia he has faced throughout his career.
In the new Attitude Heroes podcast – available to listen to and download now – Michael chats to Attitude’s Editor-in-Chief Matt Cain about playing the first gay character in Eastenders, his involvement in the first gay kiss in British soap history, and the homophobia this unleashed from the media in the 1980s.
Michael starred as Colin in Eastenders during the 80s – the soap’s first LGBT+ character. He says that the BBC were brave to introduce the character during the homophobic climate of the 1980s.
“It broke the mold and it showed that the BBC had the courage to stand up against the onslaught of the media, the
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