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EastEnders star ‘surprised’ by reaction to rape story

EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton has said she has been "surprised" by the public reaction to her character Ruby Allen's harrowing rape storyline.

On Tuesday's (October 9) episode of the soap, Ruby confided in her friend Stacey Fowler (Lacey Turner) that she had been sexually assaulted after a night out.

Ruby told Stacey that newcomer Matt had taken advantage of her when she passed out drunk after a party.

Ruby was sexually assaulted by newcomer Matt after a night out

Lytton appeared on ITV's Lorraine on Wednesday to talk about the reaction to the storyline, saying: "[It's been] a great reaction. I was quite surprised.

"I've had loads of people contact me directly on social media just saying, 'This is the closure I've needed for so long, this incident happened to me 10 years ago, I questioned whether it was rape or not this episode has confirmed to me that in fact it was.'

"I was surprised myself actually just how quickly that reaction has happened and that's the whole point of this storyline to hopefully open that conversation for men and women and hopefully educate. It is important that it's done right."

The soap star added that she feels "grateful" to have been trusted with the storyline.

"I was so grateful to be trusted with such an important storyline," she said.

"We're telling one story. But we have a responsibility to do this justice because there will be millions of viewers watching who will need this as support or confirmation."

'It is never the victim or survivor's fault.'#EastEnders' @louisalytton is joined by Katie Russell from Rape Crisis UK to discuss the issue of consent which is at the centre of Ruby's rape storyline. #Lorraine
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— Lorraine (@lorraine) October 11, 2018

Katie Russell, from Rape Crisis, who worked with the soap on the storyline, said: "We really welcome drama, especially ones as popular as EastEnders, that reach so many people and such a diverse audience, tackling topics like this.

"It'll be evident as the story unfolds that we still have a lot of public education and awareness raising to do when it comes to the issue of consent."

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Roberts ‘proud’ to use star power to launch projects

Julia Roberts has opened up about using her star power to get projects off the ground and says she takes joy in being able to get projects over the hump.

The 50-year-old actress, who has her first leading role on television in the new Amazon Prime series Homecoming, said: "There's something that makes me really joyful when I believe in something and I love it so much, if it is in a place of not being able to get over that hump to go, that if I can push that.

"It makes me feel really proud, because if I want to do it, it has to get to that next level."

"I think in terms of my pride, my proudest, happiest moment of feeling that way was doing a play on Broadway a number of years ago.

"When I was a young person my dad took me to the theatre all the time, and I thought it was so special and how many people came up to me after the play and said 'I've never seen a play on Broadway before and I never would have come if it weren't for you'.

"That was when I felt the happiest, that I had brought people to something that I thought was so special."

Homecoming is based on Eli Horowitz, and Micah Bloomberg's popular serialized audio podcast and stars Julia as a small-town waitress, Heidi, who left her previous employment as a caseworker at a titular agency which helps soldiers rejoin civilian life.

The upcoming show also stars Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Sissy Spacek, Alex Karpovsky, Shea Whigham and Jeremy Allen White, and is set to be released on Amazon Prime Video on November 2.

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Corrie’s Sair Khan among leaked I’m a Celeb contestants

Coronation Street's Sair Khan, football manager Harry Redknapp and The Chase star Anne Hegerty are reportedly set to be joining the upcoming series of I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.

As the reality series prepares to kick off next month, speculation is rife over the well-known faces that will be taking to the jungle, and it looks like the first three contestants have been leaked.

Quiz personality Anne Hegerty is rumoured to be heading to the jungle

According to The Mirror, Anne Hegerty, aka The Governess, who is known for witty humour and matter-of-fact comments on the quiz show, is among the early campmates for the popular ITV show.

English football manager Harry Redknapp may be gearing up for some Bushtucker Trials

The entertainment outlet has claimed Harry Redknapp has been offered €100,000 to take part in the show. The former football manager was axed from his role with Birmingham City last year.

Corrie star Sair Khan may be heading to Australia for I'm a Celeb

Actress Sair Khan, who is best known for playing the role of Alya Nazir on the cobbles, is reportedly the third contestant who will be braving the Bushtucker Trials.

The trio are all said to be heading to Australia in the coming weeks ahead of the series' expected mid-November launch.

Holly Willoughby will be stepping into Ant McPartlin's shoes to co-host the new season of I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! alongside Declan Donnelly.

The This Morning presenter commented on her new role: "I couldn't be more excited to have been asked to stand alongside Dec for the next jungle adventure. I love Ant and want to send him my best wishes and support for a continued recovery.

"These are big shoes, not to fill, but just to keep warm for a little bit… Honestly, I'm a huge fan of I'm a Celebrity and actually feel like I've won a competition to go and hang out on my favourite show! When is it a good time to tell Dec I'm scared of everything that moves?!"

McPartlin was charged with drink-driving earlier this year and was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £86,000.

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10 Ways to Earn Money While You’re on Vacation

Going on vacation is supposed to be fun and stress-free, but it can also be a pricey endeavor. If you're planning to go abroad for a longer period of time and don't have a destination in mind, there are some fun and easy ways to work abroad. But if this is not your idea of a vacation, then there are mini jobs you can still take on no matter where you go – even if it's just an out-of-state trip. The following 10 ways to make money while vacationing may even lead you to a new career path or reignite an old passion!

Related: How to Travel Around 3 Countries in 3 Months – Without Losing Your Job

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Meghan Markle’s $120 Espadrilles Look Familiar Because Pippa Middleton Has Them Too

On day four of their tour in Australia, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hit the beach in style. Meghan wore a striped dress from Martin Grant's 2019 Resort collection that was perfect for the occasion.

While all eyes were on Meghan's dress, we couldn't help but notice her black Castañer espadrilles. It turns out Pippa Middleton is a fan of the brand and also owns the exact same pair! Read on to see how they styled them, and shop similar versions for your closet ahead.

Related: Meghan Markle's Latest Bag Choice Is a Reminder That She'll Always Be a Fashion Girl

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Look! Filan shares cute throwback ahead of Croker gig

Westlife's Shane Filan has shared an adorable throwback picture of himself standing on the pitch of Croke Park, just a week after the band announced that they would be bringing their reunion tour to the venue.

Filan and his bandmates delighted fans with the news that they will take to the stage at Dublin's Croke Park next year – the same venue that played host to their farewell shows in 2012.

The Sligo singer is clearly excited about returning to the iconic venue, and took to social media to share a throwback snap from when he was seven years old, standing alongside his brothers on the playing field.

"With my 3 brothers Peter,Finbarr & Liam 32 years ago in Croke Park! By the look on my face I was dreaming about it then."

Westlife's Twenty Tour, which celebrates the group's 20th anniversary, will kick off in Belfast on Friday, May 24, with the tour concluding in Croke Park on Friday, July 5.

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— Westlife (@westlifemusic) October 3, 2018

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