Hollyoaks actress Amy Conachan in new podcast celebrating differences

Hollyoaks actress, Amy Conachan has appeared in a new podcast called Don’t Filter Feelings, which sees celebrity guests, influencers and the Hollyoaks cast share their personal stories and experiences overcoming adversity.

Launched at the start of September, the podcast sees guests joining presenter and journalist Lauren Layfield to discuss, at times, challenging topics using the voices of some of Hollyoaks’ most prominent characters.

Don’t Filter Feelings will take a look at a variety of issues over 10 episodes, with Amy Conachan looking at what makes people different.


During the first episode Amy (who plays Courtney Cambell) detailed what life was like for her living with a disability, and co-star Keiron Richardson (who plays Ste Hay) discusses being gay.

Together Amy and Keiron talk about their personal experiences, celebrate individuality and tackle the challenges faced in achieving better equality.

Amy, Lauren and Keiron during the podcast

As a wheelchair user, during the podcast, Amy shines a light on life with a non-disabled twin sister and the relationship they have, alongside how her parents raised them exactly the same. 

Re-evaluating what is seen as ‘normal’, Don’t Filter Feelings is an honest, open look at experiences the wider community will have. Not to mention, the podcast will push for improved awareness or understanding on issues.


Host Lauren says: “I’m so pleased to be hosting the Don’t Filter Feelings podcast, chatting about everything from drag culture to living with autism to far-right extremism – nothing’s off limits.

“Hollyoaks has always nailed it when it comes to portraying the issues relevant to young people and I think it’s a genius idea to use the show’s storylines as a springboard for, clever, fun and often difficult discussions.” 

Channel 4’s adored show, Hollyoaks has continually discussed challenging or even taboo topics. Each episode of the podcast will touch on issues through the eyes of characters in a bid to promote awareness.


Further episodes include Autism in My Family, where Hollyoaks cast member Talia Grant (who plays Brook Hathaway), alongside sister Olive Gray (Sex Education, Fleabag, Pure) join Lauren to chat about being diagnosed as autistic, growing up on the autistic spectrum and living their lives in the public eye.

In a bid to ensure the podcast is inclusive, Don’t Filter Feelings is available to stream on Apple Podcast and Spotify, with a subtitled recorded version also available on YouTube

Have you listened to Don’t Filter Feelings? What would you like the cast to discuss in future episodes? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram.

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