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Hollyoaks reveals heartbreaking New Year parent abuse storyline as Imran starts hitting mum Misbah

HOLLYOAKS is to explore the issue of familial abuse in a storyline that will run throughout next year with the village’s newest family The Maaliks. Teenager Imran Maalik will start physically and e…

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HOLLYOAKS is to explore the issue of familial abuse in a storyline that will run throughout next year with the village’s newest family The Maaliks.

Teenager Imran Maalik will start physically and emotionally hurting his mother, Misbah after years of feeling isolated by the rest of his family.

Hollyoaks’ new family The Maaliks will be embroiled in a familial abuse storyline in the New Year

LIMEPICTURES 3 Hollyoaks’ new family The Maaliks will be embroiled in a familial abuse storyline in the New Year

Imran is the youngest son in Hollyoaks’ newest family, the Maaliks and has always felt side-lined by his other siblings.

The long-running storyline will follow Misbah’s struggle as she is torn between protecting her beloved son, ensuring her own personal safety, while also maintaining her job at the hospital and being a parent to her other children.

Hollyoaks is working with Family Lives and local charity Sefton Women’s And Children’s Aid on the important storyline.

The Muslim Council of Great Britain has provided cultural advice on the story.

Teenager Imran Maalik will start physically and emotionally hurting his mother, Misbah

LIMEPICTURES 3 Teenager Imran Maalik will start physically and emotionally hurting his mother, Misbah

Speaking about the storyline, Harvey Virdi who plays Misbah, said: “Violence against parents is a taboo subject. Mothers often blame themselves, suffer in silence and live in fear and shame.

“I am so proud to be part of this new storyline here at Hollyoaks, exploring Misbah’s difficult relationship with her son and the impact the violence has on her and the rest of the Maalik family.

“Hopefully we can raise awareness and understanding around this difficult subject.”

Meanwhile, the family will also be embroiled in a massive New year crash which will leave many lives in jeopardy.

The family will also be involved in a terrifying New Year’s crash

LIMEPICTURES 3 The family will also be involved in a terrifying New Year’s crash

Tony and Diane Hutchinson, Harry Thompson, the Maalik family and Kim Butterfield are all caught up in the carnage when Misbah Maalik’s car crashes, leaving everyone in danger.

As events unfold, Misbah is forced to choose which of her children to save when they’re trapped in the crashed car with a lorry speeding towards them and this will spark more drama for the Maalik family in the New Year.

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MARIA Fowler and boyfriend Kelvin Batey are engaged. The former Towie star, 31, announced the news tonight on social media and revealed Kelvin, 36, popped the question in Paris. She shared a pictur…

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MARIA Fowler and boyfriend Kelvin Batey are engaged.

The former Towie star, 31, announced the news tonight on social media and revealed Kelvin, 36, popped the question in Paris.

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X-Men star Hugh Jackman reveals how he gave up the role of James Bond to star in The Greatest Showman

HOLLYWOOD superstar and Wolverine himself HUGH JACKMAN put it all on the line for his epic new musical masterpiece. The Aussie turned down a shot at playing James Bond and even risked his health in…

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HOLLYWOOD superstar and Wolverine himself HUGH JACKMAN put it all on the line for his epic new musical masterpiece.

The Aussie turned down a shot at playing James Bond and even risked his health in order to get his new £63million movie telling the story of circus king PT Barnum to the big screen.

 Hugh Jackman, who is starring in 'The Greatest Showman', has taken his hand at guest editing Bizarre© 2017 20th Century Fox/New Regency. All Rights Reserved. Hugh Jackman, who is starring in 'The Greatest Showman', has taken his hand at guest editing Bizarre

And today he reveals all as The Greatest Showman takes over The Greatest Showbiz Column, ahead of its UK release on Boxing Day.

Hugh, who also starred in X-Men spin-off Logan this year, pitched the film to movie bosses just 24 hours after having a skin cancer op on his nose after a string of health scares.

He tells me: “It has been 23 years since a studio had said yes to an original musical.

“I thought there’s about a one in ten chance this movie happens. But we’re going for it.

 Bizarre's Dan Wootton with the Hollywood A-lister Bizarre's Dan Wootton with the Hollywood A-lister  The actor is famously known for his portrayal of Wolverine in X-menHandout The actor is famously known for his portrayal of Wolverine in X-men

“My doctor had said, ‘Do not sing, you’ve just had 80 stitches in your nose. They really could split apart, you could get an infection’, which I’d had before in a similar operation.

"So I was like, ‘Don’t worry I’m not going to risk that, I’m just going to speak it and someone else will sing it’.

“But the emotion of the song and the moment took over me.

‘I wanted to do musicals and Shakespeare’

 Cirque du Soleil is the modern version of the circus portrayed in The Greatest ShowmanAlamy Cirque du Soleil is the modern version of the circus portrayed in The Greatest Showman

“I have been involved with this for seven and a half years. It’s been honestly, Dan, like one of the best years of my life.

“Logan has similar kind of personal attachment for me. I was involved in that from the beginning. I was involved in this from the beginning.

“I never thought that they would happen back to back.

“I love that they happened back to back because I like doing very different things all the time but it really has worked out.

 Hugh Jackman in a scene from 'The Greatest Showman'AP:Associated Press Hugh Jackman in a scene from 'The Greatest Showman' Second trailer for Hugh Jackman musical The Greatest Showman

“I couldn’t have written the script better myself.”

A few years ago Hugh was offered the chance to take on the role of James Bond — but he rejected the approach so he could make movies just like The Greatest Showman.

He explains: “I wasn’t handed it. I think it was, ‘Are you interested?’.

“Weirdly, at drama school we’d all kind of muck around and voted on what each other would most likely be if they made it to Hollywood and everyone voted me as a Bond.

 Zac Efron, left, and Hugh Jackman in a still from the filmAP:Associated Press Zac Efron, left, and Hugh Jackman in a still from the film

"So in a way I could see myself being more of a Bond than a Wolverine.

“Wolverine has been the greatest gift of my career but it’s been a little surprising to me how long I’ve done it, how many movies, how successful it is and at a certain point how known for that role I was becoming.

“I always wanted to do different things. I wanted to do musicals, I wanted to do Shakespeare and theatre and dramas like Prisoners.

“I just thought the practicality of doing those two behemoths would mean not just that I wouldn’t have the opportunity but I worried that it would be sending a message to the business like that’s what I want to do, I want to be known for.”

 On the role of Bond, Hugh said 'At drama school we’d all kind of muck around and voted on what each other would most likely be if they made it to Hollywood and everyone voted me as a Bond'Film 4 On the role of Bond, Hugh said 'At drama school we’d all kind of muck around and voted on what each other would most likely be if they made it to Hollywood and everyone voted me as a Bond'

Life-affirming movie The Greatest Showman focuses on Barnum’s legendary circus freak show of the 1860s and also stars ZENDAYA, ZAC EFRON and the brilliant newcomer KEALA SETTLE as a bearded lady.

Hugh says: “It’s trying to walk in people’s shoes and understand them before judging them.

“Back in Barnum’s day, it was sacrilegious what he was doing.

“People believed they (the subjects of freak shows) were God’s mistakes. Families were ashamed. They were locked in basements.

 Zac Efron performs in Crosswalk The Musical in New York City with James Corden during "The Late Late Show with James Corden'Getty – Contributor Zac Efron performs in Crosswalk The Musical in New York City with James Corden during "The Late Late Show with James Corden'

“He made them famous and really wealthy. It’s not dissimilar to X-Men if you think about it.

“The mutants is really a euphemism for a freak or just feeling different or literally every teenager on the planet.

“Feeling misunderstood or feeling the pressure to be someone they’re not, like music that they don’t really like, wear clothes that everyone thinks is cool but they don’t love.”

The movie is being released at a time of increasing social tolerance, including the vote to allow gay marriage in Hugh’s home country.

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He says: “Huge strides have been made. If you look what’s going on about sexual preferences. Australia just voted for, you know, equality and gay marriage.

“In terms of history, if you take a 40,000ft view, massive changes are happening really quickly.

"I would say things are moving at a historic level in terms of speed and our ability to open our minds to
people who are different than us.”

With the festive release of The Greatest Showman, and Hugh already having a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, he is taking a rare break from acting.

 Phineas Taylor "P. T." Barnum (1810-1891), an American politician, showman, businessman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey CircusAlamy Phineas Taylor "P. T." Barnum (1810-1891), an American politician, showman, businessman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus

He says: “I’m unemployed right now. My wife loves that I’m unemployed right now but talk to us in about a month.

“I am happy to say I don’t know what’s next. I’m kind of deliberately creating a little bit of a vacuum in order to just find the next thing.

“I’m back to Oz for Christmas and then I don’t know what’s next — unique, surreal, I’ll admit at times a little frightening, but 90 per cent exciting.”

That’s a perfect way to describe The Greatest Showman, too.

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THE success of La La Land, right, provides hope that The Greatest Showman can achieve box office glory, Hugh thinks. He says: “We’re a more traditional, all-family musical. I think our musical probably plays to a slightly wider audience.

“I love La La Land and I love the fact that it convinced studio people and money people that this can actually make money and be a good business as well as give great joy. I am someone who’s always loved musicals. But a bunch of people out there are like, ‘I’ll never see this’.

“It’s like, ‘I’ll never eat Japanese food’, they’re very definite about it.

“And I think La La Land surprised people. I think any time a film can do that, it’s great for everybody.”

Songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who won an Oscar for La La Land, have provided material for The Greatest Showman. Hugh says: “They’re on a roll, and I love that Michael Gracey, our director, found them.

“We started with the idea of finding the biggest writers on the planet.

“We went up to PHARRELL WILLIAMS, BRUNO MARS, MACKLEMORE & LEWIS, who actually give a little help on the first number.

“And then we got these young guys and that’s how they’re going in.”

 

  • CIRQUE du Soleil is the modern version of the circus portrayed in The Greatest Showman. Hugh says: “If Barnum was alive today he’d be researching virtual reality, he would be saying, ‘How do I reach as many people as possible as powerfully as possible in a way they never thought possible’.”

    HUGH thinks circus boss Barnum wanted the world to “just have some fun”. He says: “His quote that, ‘The noblest art is that of making others happy’ is beautiful. That ultimately is what we’re trying to do with this film.”

  • THE circus in the film features animals, which were all created using CGI, apart from one horse. Hugh says: “Remember this as a bygone era. I love the fact that there are no animals in circuses now. No one involved in our film is advocating for that, it’s just a historical fact.”

Hugh on his co-stars

Zendaya: ONE of the most impressive young women I’ve ever met. I hadn’t heard of her when the name came up, but my daughter knew. I was so impressed with her from the get go. I’ve worked with BEYONCE and she’s got a similar thing where she’s just a natural. She’s an amazing singer, dancer, actor and she’s one of the smartest, most mature young people you’ll meet.

 Hughs co-star actress Zendaya attends "The Greatest Showman" premiere red carpetGetty – Contributor Hughs co-star actress Zendaya attends "The Greatest Showman" premiere red carpet

Zac Efron: HOW great is he in this movie? You know the guy from Hugh School Musical. I thought he was great in that, then Hairspray ten years ago, fantastic. His work ethic is amazing. We worked out together yesterday. I’ve still got a little bit of pride in me so I try not to put myself in situations where I’m going to be completely humiliated – he’s a very, very fit guy.

 Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman are even workout buddies© 2017 Twentieth Century Fox FIlm Corp. All Rights Reserved. Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman are even workout buddies

Michelle Williams: SHE’S one of the great actors. She’s been nominated for four Oscars, she might get another one this year. I saw her on Broadway do Cabaret. She’s a phenomenal singer. She’s perfect to play (Barnum’s wife) Charity because you needed to have someone grounded, that you believed that no matter what was going wrong in their relationship would stand by him.

 Actress Michelle Williams who has previously been nominated for four Oscars stars in The Greatest ShowmanAP:Associated Press Actress Michelle Williams who has previously been nominated for four Oscars stars in The Greatest Showman

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CHLOE Khan was every inch a Christmas treat as she walked her dog in a sexy Santa dress in Liverpool today. The 26-year-old slipped into the thigh-skimming red and white number and over-the-knee he…

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CHLOE Khan was every inch a Christmas treat as she walked her dog in a sexy Santa dress in Liverpool today.

The 26-year-old slipped into the thigh-skimming red and white number and over-the-knee heeled boots for a festive finish.

 Chloe Khan was every inch a Christmas treat as she walked her dog in a sexy Santa dress in Liverpool todayJON BAXTER Chloe Khan was every inch a Christmas treat as she walked her dog in a sexy Santa dress in Liverpool today  The 26-year-old slipped into the thigh-skimming red and white number and over-the-knee heeled boots for a festive finishJON BAXTER The 26-year-old slipped into the thigh-skimming red and white number and over-the-knee heeled boots for a festive finish

She looked to have had a spot of trouble with the car park ticket machine, enlisting the help of a workman to sort her problem out.

The glamour girl waved him goodbye and went on her way, walking her pooch with a smile on her face.

Chloe has sparked rumours she's undergone her third nose job after sharing a clip of her face wrapped in plaster.

Posting a short video of herself using a reindeer filter, the reality star appeared to have bandages wrapped around her surgically-enhanced nose.

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The Celebrity Big Brother star has made no secret of her desire to go under the knife to correct a botched nose job, previously revealing on This Morning that she was considering an operation in January.

While Chloe – who recently also sparked engagement rumours – has spent an incredible £100k on surgery overall, she admitted her last surgery – which she underwent in Ukraine – left her with major complications.

Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford in August, she confessed: "I can't breathe or smell through my nose anymore.

"My first nose surgery was on Harley Street, a British surgeon, conservative and minimal. He didn't want it to look freakish but I wanted it to be small. They wouldn’t do what I wanted,' she said, her reason for deciding against returning to them."

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