Eastenders has another gay story line with Christian & Lee. They meet at Ronnie's (female) highschool reunion with Christian posing as Ronnie's husband. This is a current storyline! (not sure for how long though)
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Last Edit: Oct 12, 2008 0:48:57 GMT -5 by yahoorain
After the really bad and confused handling of the Steven/Christian relationship, I can't expect very much out of this story. I don't even know what to expect from Christian. He was introduced as a very different character than he is now. He was supposed to be much more malevolent. I think that probably changed because the actor works very well with the Beale family and, although the show probably wouldn't say this, he's also got a gorgeous body and very strong sex appeal and very few men on the show have any sex appeal whatsoever (have you seen their new "hunk", Callum). Even if he can't have any hot love scenes with the ladies, he can at least go around in tank tops or bare-chested, and that gets the female viewers and the gay male viewers going.
I have to agree with you Carld2 - there is a complete dearth of good looking guys on Eastenders at the moment. The only half decent one is Sean slater - can't remember the actors real name but he plays such an unsympathetic character it's difficult to like him.
When the character of Christian was introduced, he was a really spiteful, petty, immature malelovant character - however, I think maybe the writers realized he worked well on screen - he also got a lot of recognition from a tv satirist show which must have been a publicist bonus and they decided to continue his contract but would need to make his character a bit more sympathetic. I think this is the reason he has been meandering around in the background of storylines for some time now, allowing his character to "bed" in.
I have to say - for all that he is "quite fit" he doesn't do much for me.
He doesn't do much for me either. The body is certainly to die for and the hairy chest, but I find him cartoonish and not human enough in his acting. I have had some of the same problems with John Barrowman sometimes, I think it might be a musical theater issue. It doesn't help that he's written as the ultimate stereotype, the asexual best friend of the sassy yet vulnerable female. When Christian came on the show the producers went on about how he wasn't going to be like Sean (Anthony Cotton) in Corrie. They were right -- he's worse. Anthony Cotton isn't a good actor, but they've at least given Sean some variety of storyline and he had a boyfriend for a solid 8 or 9 months. Christian is lucky to get a boyfriend for 3 or 4 episodes.
I don't really like Eastenders very much these days. Too many Brannings and Mitchells, too many unsympathetic characters, bad couples galore, and the attempts at humor are often incredibly amateurish.
As far as I'm concerned Eastenders' best gay character was Colin, way back in 1986-89. Then Simon, Tiffany's brother.