Bobby Beale (Clay Milner Russell) is set to find acceptance and comfort in the Islam faith in an upcoming EastEnders storyline that will explore the positive sides of religion. As Bobby realises he wants to explore life as a Muslim to help him find peace with his dark past and the demons he is battling.
EastEnders is working with the Muslim Youth Helpline on the storyline involving Bobby. In tonight’s episode viewers saw Bobby meet his friend, Imran, who he met whilst at a Young Offender’s Institute. In the coming weeks viewers will see Bobby explore his new faith and how it positively affects him; offering Bobby support and helping him find peace with past events.
As Bobby continues to settle into life back in Walford, albeit facing many challenges from his past, Bobby finds much support and encouragement from many close by.
Zohra Khaku, Director of the Muslim Youth Helpline commented on the storyline: ‘The Muslim Youth Helpline have been providing feedback on Bobby’s storyline with the BBC EastEnders team. In a time where young British Muslims see their faith overwhelmingly represented in a negative way, it is heartening to see Islam portrayed as a positive influence in Bobby’s life.’
Jon Sen, Executive Producer of EastEnders added: ‘We are thrilled to be working with the Muslim Youth Helpline on a storyline which serves to challenge preconceptions and prejudices about the role of faith in young peoples’ lives. Bobby Beale’s story will show how a young boy uses religion to help find peace and give his life meaning, structure and purpose. We hope this storyline will demonstrate the positive impact of religion in modern society.’
The storyline will continue to take shape over coming episodes and viewers will have to wait and see how much of a support Ian and Kathy can be to Bobby.
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