Katie McGlynn says she received death threats after ‘extreme’ Hollyoaks role

Katie McGlynn has opened up on the death threats she received after playing controversial Hollyoaks character Becky Quentin.

The star, 28, announced she was leaving the Channel 4 soap earlier this month and has since opened up on the abuse she received since playing her character Becky, who was known on the soap for her racist and anti-vaxxer views.

The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, who previously appeared on Coronation Street for seven years, said she was threatened by vile trolls who told her to “go die” and to “watch out”.

The star also explained how she received messages that said things such as “I’m going to hunt you down” and “I’m coming to get you”.

Speaking to The Sun, Katie said: “I’ve played b*tchy characters before but I’ve never played anyone as ­controversial or extreme as Becky. I knew from the start that she was going to generate a lot of hate.”

But perhaps more alarming were messages from followers who actually agreed with her character’s views, Katie explained.

She continued: “I knew from the start what Becky was going to be like and where the storyline was headed.

“I wanted to do it because it highlights conspiracy theories, fake news and racism.

"These are things that have been going on around us over the past couple of years and they need to be tackled properly."

The actress went on to say that she's going to wear the hate messages and death threats "like a badge of honour".

Katie added that she was "more troubled" by the people who messaged her agreeing with her character's views than she was the hurtful comments.

The star joined Hollyoaks in July 2021, a year and a half after her Coronation Street character Sinead Tinker was killed off.

However, less than a year after she joined the soap, Katie announced her departure, hinting at “other opportunities”.

On Instagram, the star wrote: "Becky Quentin, over and out! @HollyoaksOfficial.

"It’s been an absolute pleasure playing Becky and getting my teeth into something so different and gritty!

"As an actor, to be able to portray someone that has so much likeness to extremely current global issues from conspiracy theories to anti-vaxxers, coronavirus and sinophobia…

"I really hope the storyline has helped raise some important issues and helps people see how easy it is for someone to be sucked into this whole world of fake news and conspiracy!"

“Thank you to the entire cast and crew for being so unbelievably amazing and welcoming me with open arms! I will miss you all, but other exciting opportunities beckon," Katie concluded.

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