Rachel Adedeji Quits Hollyoaks Due to On-Set Racism.
Updated: Jun 16
British Nigerian singer and actress Rachel Adedeji first appeared in the public eye after her stint as a singer on the X Factor coming in 9th overall. Since 2016, Adedeji had made her acting debut in British Soap Hollyoaks as the character Lisa Loveday. She would go on to stay in the role for 4 years up until June this year. Adedeji has confirmed that she will be quitting the show after she allegedly has been the subject of racist comments on set.
The scenes leading up to Lisa Loveday’s exit from the show were shot before the lockdown, and will be aired later this year.
A spokesperson for “Hollyoaks” said: “Rachel made the decision to leave ‘Hollyoaks’ to pursue other opportunities earlier last year, which saddened us at ‘Hollyoaks’ as she is one of the leading cast members in the show. However, the notice period did allow the writers time to give Lisa Loveday an extremely gripping exit storyline. Viewers will see this story play out later this year as her final scenes were filmed shortly before lockdown.”
Adedeji, who has appeared in “Hollyoaks” since 2016, posted a statement on social media last week about her time on the soap. She claims she was once told “you’re all the same” by a make-up artist, and that black female actresses were told to drastically change their hair because otherwise viewers “would not be able to tell them apart.”
Adedeji has appeared in more than 200 episodes of the show, but said in her four years on the soap she had only worked with one black director.
“Working at ‘Hollyoaks’ is mostly positive, but the experiences I have encountered are a constant reminder of how difficult it is being a black woman in the industry,” Adedeji said. “I am no longer standing for it.”
Adedeji's costar on Hollyoak Amanda Clapham, who played Holly Cunningham weighed in on Twitter regarding Adedeji's experience on set having witnessed first hand how Adedeji was treated and showed solidarity to her friend and colleague.