'The message of It's A Sin is to be kind': Colin's mum on show's lesson

'The message of It's A Sin is to be kind': Colin's mum on show's lesson

02/12/2021

It’s A Sin has rocked the nation since it arrived on Channel 4 last month, with the Russell T Davies drama exploring the harrowing HIV/Aids crisis of the 80s and 90s through the lens of a group of young men.

Colin’s mum Eileen (played by Andria Doherty) is one of the few parents, besides Jill’s mum and dad, who is loving, accepting and understanding in the face of adversity. She demonstrates unconditional love for her son (Callum Scott Howells) and fights for him to get the right medical attention when it’s realised he has HIV/Aids and stays by his bedside as his illness deteriorates. Beyond his death, she continues to show her solidarity for the LGBTQ+ community and joins his friends in their fight for equal rights.

Metro.co.uk exclusively caught up with Andria Doherty who plays Colin’s iconic mother and she told us she hopes that Eileen serves as a reminder to viewers to ‘be kind’.

‘Obviously, we’re going through the pandemic at the moment and there are some comparisons, but I think it’s important to be kind and understanding irrespective of what illness or disability or whatever someone has,’ Andria said. ‘Just be understanding.

‘There were so many people who were judgemental during the HIV/Aids crisis and hopefully we’ve moved on from that now.’

She highlighted that It’s A Sin has been an education for people of all ages.


‘People are learning and hopefully, people will be kind because that’s the message: Be kind to each other.’

Describing Eileen and the unconditional love she has for her son Colin, Andria enthused: ‘She’s a real Welsh mam – exactly what my mum would have been like.

‘She’s trying to cope with Colin’s illness but not showing him. She’s keeping a lot in and yet she’s so supportive of him. She just dotes on him.’

Davies recently shared he was particularly worried about Colin’s storyline and fretted over whether to include the ‘whodunnit’ plot, as his sexual history wasn’t immediately clear.

It’s A Sin airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4 with the box set available to stream on All 4.

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