EastEnders

EastEnders star Aidan O’Callaghan issues plea after fan calls his parents

Aidan plays Lewis Butler in the soap.

The following article contains discussion of themes including sexual assault that some readers may find upsetting.

EastEnders star Aidan O’Callaghan has pleaded with fans not to phone his parents over his role as Lewis Butler in the soap.

On Twitter, Aidan revealed that his parents had been contacted at their work by fans wanting to discuss his EastEnders storyline.

He tweeted: “Thanks everyone for sending messages and support about EastEnders. I’m really grateful, but please don’t be calling my parents at their work. That’s too far…!”

The actor went on to clarify that the call wasn’t “abusive” – they were instead “curious about story” – but added a grimacing face emoji to describe his reaction when he heard his parents had been contacted.

Aidan’s character Lewis arrived in Albert Square in April as the new manager of The Albert, taking over from Mila.

After growing close to Ben, Lewis raped him after a night out together where Ben had repeatedly told Lewis he did not want to have sex with him.

Earlier this week, Ben’s mother Kathy finally learned the truth about what happened to her son but he has struggled over whether or not to report Lewis to the police.

EastEnders worked with charities including Survivors UK, Survivors Manchester and the Male Survivors Partnership to make sure that Ben’s storyline was covered as sensitively as possible.

Speaking about the storyline in April, Max Bowden, who plays Ben, said: “Alongside some wonderful charities, and some very inspirational survivors of male sexual assault in the UK, I think we’ve been able to really strive to tell the most truthful account we can, and I hope we can raise awareness and understanding on a topic that is rarely covered.

“I’m honoured to be given this opportunity to tell such an important story.”

EastEnders airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One and streams on BBC iPlayer.