Heartstopper star Equipment Connor says he doesn’t wish to be outlined by the time period “queer actor”, after his breakthrough function as bisexual faculty rugby star Nick Nelson within the Netflix mega-hit.

Connor, together with co-star Joe Locke, has turn out to be a star with the arrival of Heartstopper, which premiered on the platform in April 2022 and shortly turned its fifth most watched English language present, watched for a reported 53million hours worldwide.

However he obtained accusations of “queerbaiting” (appropriation by straight individuals of homosexual tradition for kudos) after he was photographed hand in hand with actress Maia Reficco in November final 12 months.

On the time, Connor broke his personal retreat from social media to return out to his many followers – a choice he advised the Guardian newspaper he now considers “frankly a bit rash” – when he posted:

“i’m bi. congrats for forcing an 18-year-old to out himself. i think some of you missed the point of the show. bye”.

This weekend, the actor advised the newspaper that this expertise jarred with what he considers the primary message of Heartstopper:

“The whole point of the show is that [queerness] is not always so stereotyped. There are so many lines in the show where someone goes: ‘Nick Nelson, he’s the straightest guy in the school. He’s the captain of the rugby team so there’s no way [he’s queer].’ Sometimes you just need to give people space.”

And he revealed that the second season, resulting from arrive August third amid large international anticipation, will tackle his character Nick’s struggles with popping out, “which is important,” he stated.

Then he added:

“Although now I know that I’m queer, I personally don’t find it a super defining factor. I wouldn’t want to be defined by ‘queer actor’. I want to play all parts. Hopefully, I can do that if my career lasts, if I flourish. Touch wood.”

Connor, who has been appearing since he was eight and beforehand performed a younger Elton John in biopic Rocketman, initially auditioned for the function of Charlie within the sequence, tailored from the graphic novel by Alice Osman. He ended up solid as fellow lead Nick, with the function of Charlie performed by Joe Locke.

Connor has additionally been solid within the upcoming horror thriller Considered one of Us. Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells), Charlotte Hope (The Spanish Princess), Siobhan Fallon-Hogan (Rushed) and Ian Beattie (Recreation Of Thrones) may even star within the characteristic, which heralds from the Jung College and Northern Eire Display screen and marks the debut of writer-director Stefan van de Graaff.