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Wed 3 Mar, 2010
By Danielle Carter

He wants it to be a "very real one, not based on cliches or stereotypes".

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Emmerdale has cast a former Hollyoaks actor to play a potential new love interest for sexually confused Aaron Livesy.

Marc Silcock, best known for playing Newt's imaginary friend Eli in the Channel 4 soap, will take on the role of Jackson Welsh, who meets Aaron (Danny Miller) when the bad boy plucks up the courage to go into a gay bar.

Series producer Gavin Welsh told Digital Spy: "Like Aaron, Jackson's a very contemporary gay character - he's not a stereotype."

He went on: "He's someone who exists in his own right in the world because of who he is - not what he is in terms of his sexuality."

Aaron's battle with his sexuality first came to light when he tried to kiss his friend Adam Barton (Adam Thomas) after a car accident.

He then threw himself into a relationship with Adam's sister Holly (Sophie Powles) to mask his feelings, but she is set to end their romance.

Gavin stressed that if Aaron is to have a relationship he wants it to be a "very real one, not based on cliches or stereotypes".

Marc said: "I've always been a fan of Emmerdale, so I'm thrilled to be joining the cast. Jackson will play a big part in Aaron's journey and I'm so pleased to be involved in this story."


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