holly Actor Richard Blackwood has revealed that he was once held up at knifepoint and, on another occasion, threatened with a gun.
The 50-year-old star told the Mirror that she hopes the soap can do justice to the theme of knife crime in an upcoming story.
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He said that the holly The writers and producers have worked with charities and organizations to enable them to approach the story “in a serious way” and explore it responsibly.
“A lot of these young kids are going through that right now, so we want them to know that we hear them and we know what they’re going through,” Blackwood said.
He added: “When I was 17, I was held up at knifepoint. Unfortunately, knife crime has been going on for years. When the knife was pulled out of me, it was like a sword.”
Blackwood said her son was also attacked by a knife-wielding robber when he was 11 (he is now 21) and commented that he would buy a cheaper phone than the iPhone he had at the time.
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The actor added, “He had to adapt to what was happening on the street and say ‘I’m going to become less of a target.’ However, my son got over it and I’m so proud of him.”
Decades after being mugged with a knife, Blackwood was threatened with a gun outside a West End club and had to return to the venue a week later to DJ.
He said he understands why many young people refuse to call the police after experiencing knife violence.
previous EastEnders The actor said, “You just want to be as far away from the situation as possible.
“The right thing to do is call the police, but there’s so much adrenaline and you just want to be as far away from that place as possible.”
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Blackwood rose to fame in the late 1990s as a stand-up comedian, fronting The Richard Blackwood Show between 1999 and 2001.
His career struggled after the show’s cancellation and Blackwood has spoken out about trying to take his own life after filing for bankruptcy in 2003.
In 2015, he joined the cast of EastEnders as Vincent Hubbard and was assassinated a few years later.
Blackwood subsequently competed in dancing on ice and then joined the cast of holly in 2020 as bad boy Felix Westwood.
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joking with the character good morning great britainHe said, “You will find throughout history that things have happened that conditioned him to be the way he is.
“He’s a little emotionally numb in that sense. When he interacts with people, you can see it. You have to interpret the truth of why they became like this.”
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