Not content with starring in the panto at the Grand Opera House, Conleth Kane ensured December was an extra busy month with the release of his Christmas single.
West End star Conleth received massive support when he officially ‘came out’ as being gay earlier this year.
He was interviewed by the Belfast Telegraph and his local paper the Lurgan Mail where he revealed the years of beatings and vicious taunts he’d suffered before leaving home and 16 and moving to London at 18 where he has forged a career as a successful actor both on stage and on screen.
He said: “I received an overwhelming response from my ‘coming out’ articles in both the Belfast Telegraph and the Lurgan Mail earlier this year. I had messages from parents to my Facebook from all corners of Northern Ireland explaining how their sons/daughters are experiencing what I went through. It was quite something.”
Conleth has appeared in Casualty as well as on stage alongside the likes of Liam Neeson, Rachel Tucker and Pamela Anderson.
As well as releasing his self-funded Christmas single he’ll be appearing in Snow White at The Grand Opera Opera House in Belfast with May Mc Fettridge and Chico.
His new single was recorded in Belfast and he even managed to get some of Van Morrison’s musicians to play on the record. He said the song comforted him with he was going through a difficult time with his 11+ exams.
He said: “I would love nothing more for it to be a success and even have a chance at climbing up the charts this Christmas, all the support from home would be extremely welcomed.”