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Richard Blackwood reveals he and his son have been held at knifepoint during brutal muggings


‘I was able to live another day and attack life’: Hollyoaks’ Richard Blackwood recalls being ‘held at knife and gunpoint’ as he reveals his son was ‘mugged when he was just 11’

  • The actor, 50, shared that he was mugged at knifepoint while just 17 years old 
  • He then had a brush with death again at 35, as a gun was held to his head outside of a nightclub – where he had to return just a week later to DJ 
  • The soap star added that his now 21-year-old son Keaun was also threatened with a gun when he was 11 years old, admitting that he is ‘very proud of him’

As Hollyoaks prepare to tackle the serious issue of knife crime in their forthcoming episodes, actor Richard Blackwood has revealed that he knows the severity of it all too well.

The star, who plays Felix Westwood in the soap, opened up about his scary past as he attended the TRIC Awards on Wednesday – revealing that he has been mugged twice, with both a knife and a gun.

Sharing that he bounced back and ‘was able to live another day and attack life’, the 50-year-old also added that his son, Keaun, was mugged at knifepoint when he was just 11 years old.

Awful: Richard Blackwood, 50, has revealed that he has been held at knife and gunpoint during two separate mugging incidents, one when he was 17 and another at 35 (pictured in 2020)

Awful: Richard Blackwood, 50, has revealed that he has been held at knife and gunpoint during two separate mugging incidents, one when he was 17 and another at 35 (pictured in 2020)

Speaking to The Mirror at the awards, Richard addressed the storyline in Hollyoaks, explaining: ‘We’ve got an upcoming storyline about knife crime and we are really approaching it in a serious manner.

‘A lot of these young kids are going through it right now, so we want to let them know we hear them and know what they are going through.’

And sharing his own experience, he continued: ‘When I was 17 I got mugged at knifepoint. Unfortunately knife crime has been going on for years. When the knife got pulled on me it was like a sword.’

After being mugged as a teenager, Richard had another brush with death as he was mugged at gunpoint 18 years later at age 35.

Scary: The 50-year-old added that his son, Keaun (pictured), was mugged at knifepoint when he was just 11 years old

Scary: The 50-year-old added that his son, Keaun (pictured), was mugged at knifepoint when he was just 11 years old

Coming soon: Hollyoaks are preparing to tackle the serious issue of knife crime in their forthcoming episodes, with Richard's character Felix involved in the storyline

Coming soon: Hollyoaks are preparing to tackle the serious issue of knife crime in their forthcoming episodes, with Richard’s character Felix involved in the storyline

After being held with a gun to his head outside a London nightclub, the actor was forced to return to the venue just a week later to DJ.

‘My mum said, ‘Are you OK to go back to the club?’ I said, ‘Yes’. You either make me stay in my house and be afraid to go outside or be grateful I was able to live another day and attack life,’ he shared.

And his son Keaun, now 21, was also faced with a frightening mugging at just 11 years old – where he was threatened with a knife.

'Like a sword': haring his own experience, he explained: 'When I was 17 I got mugged at knifepoint. Unfortunately knife crime has been going on for years. When the knife got pulled on me it was like a sword'

‘Like a sword’: haring his own experience, he explained: ‘When I was 17 I got mugged at knifepoint. Unfortunately knife crime has been going on for years. When the knife got pulled on me it was like a sword’

Richard explained: 'My son also got a knife pulled on him aged 11. He had an iPhone 5 and I remember him saying to me, "I’m ­going to get a cheaper phone" - adding that he is 'very proud' of him for coming through it

Richard explained: ‘My son also got a knife pulled on him aged 11. He had an iPhone 5 and I remember him saying to me, ‘I’m ­going to get a cheaper phone’ – adding that he is ‘very proud’ of him for coming through it

Richard explained: ‘My son also got a knife pulled on him aged 11. He had an iPhone 5 and I remember him saying to me, ‘I’m ­going to get a cheaper phone’.

‘He had to adapt to what was going on in the street and go ‘I’m going to make myself less of a target’. My son came through it though and I’m very proud of him.’

Admitting he hasn’t told his son about the awards yet, he concluded: ‘Our kids have to go through their own stories but we are always there with them and it’s what we teach them that helps them navigate through.’

Prior to appearing on Hollyoaks, Richard played the role of Vincent Hubbard in EastEnders – with his character’s run being ended after final scenes showed a police officer pulling a gun out on him.

And Hollyoaks are set to explore the prominent topic of knife crime this summer, with the storyline circling around Richard’s on-screen son DeMarcus (Tomi Ade) and his bullies, led by Joseph Holmes (Olly Rhodes).

The storyline is set to kick off on July 15th. 

Soap star: Prior to appearing on Hollyoaks, Richard played the role of Vincent Hubbard in EastEnders - with his character's run being ended after final scenes showed a police officer pulling a gun out on him

Soap star: Prior to appearing on Hollyoaks, Richard played the role of Vincent Hubbard in EastEnders – with his character’s run being ended after final scenes showed a police officer pulling a gun out on him

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