Home and Away has won an international award celebrating diversity for its touching storyline featuring Darius Williams’ Ty Anderson and Lukas Radovich’s Ryder Jackson.
The Australian soap has been recognised for its representation in the LGTBQ Scripted category at the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards in Cannes, France.
Ty, who departed Summer Bay with his biological mum Jodi earlier this year, revealed that he was gay after making a miscalculated move on his close friend Ryder Jackson in the groundbreaking story.
Ty and Ryder’s arc was – amid some fan controversy – the soap’s first LGTBQ storyline in nine years, although it has featured both male and female gay characters in the past.
Opening up about his exit from Home and Away back in August, actor Darius Williams called his short but sweet stint on the hit Aussie soap an “immense privilege” and a “pleasure”.
As well as thanking fans for their “patience and support”, Darius also reflected on the pertinence of his character’s story. “I hope Ty’s complex, contemporary and powerful story is one remembered fondly,” he wrote.
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5.
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