Queer as Folk was a watershed moment for many teenagersÂ lookingÂ for an outlet for their burgeoning Â sexuality. The landmark series written by former Doctor Who Head Writer Russell T. Davies allowed audiences to traverse the Canal Street gay scene with breakthrough characters who echoed their own concerns: love, sex, commitment and identity.
One of those fans was openly gay actor/presenter Andrew Hayden-Smith, former Byker Grove star and guest star in Series 2 episodes Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel who has been talking about his experiences working on Doctor Who.
While working as a presenter for CBBC, a producer and life long Doctor Who fan encouraged Hayden-Smith toÂ call Davies about appearing as an extra on the programme:
â€œI first met him on the set in Cardiff. It was a freezing cold night and I had a really nice chat with him. Queer of Folk was on when I was 15 so I was completely in awe of him. That show was a huge part of me dealing with my sexuality. The nice thing was he said to me that heâ€™d been planning on writing me a letter to say how proud he was about me coming out.â€
As his last appearance in Doctor Who aired Hayden-Smith had already decided to take a well earned break. Stints in theatre and work as an announcer for ITV followed before Hayden-Smith returns to our screens this summer in a project he’s keeping quiet on for now:
“Iâ€™m pretty excited about this year. Iâ€™ve got a couple of things coming out, but I canâ€™t talk about them, which is the worst thing for me because Iâ€™ve got a massive mouth!â€
To read the full interview visitÂ Pink News.