If you watch Coronation Street, you will be familar with Daniel, as he plays a gay vicar on the show. Unfortunately, the actor has revealed that he has been receiving death threats.
If you aren’t a viewer of the show, he plays Billy, a gay vicar who has been embarking on a romance storyline with character Sean Tully – which has lead to complaints.
Daniel, who is gay in real life, spoke to the Daily Star and revealed that he has been receiving death threats over the role: “Somebody tweeted me the other day and said they wanted to kick ‘that faggy Sean’s head in and crucify the shirt-lifting vicar’. I thought: ‘Crucify?’ God, we can have a coffee first? I get a lot of stuff from right-wing Christian groups too.”
He then went on to mention that he would like to see his character tie the knot, which is something that vicars in the Church of England are not allowed to do.
“I am now in touch with several gay vicars who are thankful that Coronation Street are highlighting the issue of gay clergy. Religion is not gay-friendly but with a character like mine it is opening people’s eyes. There are many gay Christians, Muslims and Catholics and it is all right to have a faith.”
The role has even drawn comments from Christian Concern, an anti-gay group, who said: “Coronation Street never seem to put churchmen like those you and I know on the show. They go out of their way to squeeze LGBT storylines in, but how often do we have an evangelical minister sympathetically portrayed? Sadly this is more evidence of soaps getting ever more detached from reality.”