Eastenders actor Gary Lucy has hit back at those who complained about a gay kiss scene in an episode last week, and said that the scene inspired someone to come out to their parents.

Lucy plays Danny Pennant in Eastenders, a bisexual character who two weeks ago shared a kiss with newcomer Johnny Carter.

Carter later went on to tell his father Mick, played by Danny Dyer, that he is gay in an emotional scene. 

The episode featuring character Johnny’s first gay kiss generated a torrent of homophobic abuse from a minority on Twitter.

The BBC told PinkNews that only 2 complaints were made about the kiss out of approximately 7.9 million viewers.

Speaking to the Sun on those who may have complained, Lucy said: “I think, ‘Get with the times!’

He said that the “reaction was, on the most part, positive. There were a few on Twitter still living in the dark ages but on the whole, people were okay.”

Continuing he said that he received a message from a man who said that he was inspired to come out after seeing the storyline.

“I got one message on the internet from a guy saying, ‘Thanks for that storyline because it gave me the courage to come out and tell my parents’. If you can do that, you as an actor and the show has done its job.”

Danny Dyer, a newcomer to Albert Square, and the new on-screen landlord of the famed Queen Vic’ pub, took to Twitter earlier this week to combat those sending homophobic abuse. 

He tweeted: “Here’s a little message for some of the homophobic pricks who are tweeting me……..happy new year”, along with a detailed instruction for where the Twitter users should put their opinions.