Stendan 101: The ultimate fanatic’s guide (Part 1)
When a fandom spans a long period and you jump aboard a ship mid-way through or when it’s finished you can sometimes miss little nuggets of behind-the-scenes facts which make the story so much better. And if you’ve been on the ship from the start, clutching your OTP and whispering “my babies” into the night you will hold these snippets of information to your chest with adoration.
So for the new Stendan fans, the veterans, the curious and the virgins I present The Ultimate Guide to Stendan offering as much information on the two and a half year phenomenon. I hope you enjoy.
I have tried to include a ‘source’ where possible, however sometimes you’ll just have to take my word for it. Information comes from my big ol’ memory, articles and interviews, old tweets or from conversations with Emmett.
Part One: Early Beginnings & Secret Sexuality
"I miss Emmett extremely. And it’s so weird, they have this thing called a fandom, and they called us Stendan — Ste and Brendan — and it was so massive and you don’t realise at the time, you just go to work and you do your job and you forget that it goes on telly, and obviously you have Twitter nowadays so you get that instant reaction. But for those two characters, they were like, adored, and it’s crazy knowing that I played one of them and it was affecting people’s lives […] But I do miss him, and he’s on BBC Three now, ‘In The Flesh’, on Sunday nights, and his scene partner in that is called Kieren, and I’m like, that’s me, that should be me, I could be doing that. So I get a bit jealous."
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Kieron Richardson, What’s On TV, 15 May 2014
"I’ve always loved Kieron Richardson’s stuff, and I really enjoyed the whole storyline with Brendan Brady, when we found out about his past and were given a reason to find him endearing. I think the viewers needed to see that side of him, because characters can’t just be out-and-out evil all the time."
— Ashley Taylor Dawson in the Inside Soap Yearbook (via empathist)
Emmett Scanlan and on-screen family | British Soap Awards 2013
(taken from Emmett’s IMDb)