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  Hollyoaks star helps homeless kids
Updated 14 March 2003, 17.38
Hollyoaks' Jamie Luke stayed on the streets for a night
Hollyoaks star Jamie Luke, who plays Norman, has made a special TV programme to help homeless kids.

Jamie's character has been homeless for months in Hollyoaks, ever since his brother Theo died.

Now Jamie has found for real what it's like to be homeless in a programme called Turning It Around for Channel 4.

'Difficult'

Jamie spent a night on the streets with homeless people in London, with nothing but a CCTV camera watching him.

Jamie Luke
"It was difficult," he admitted to Newsround's website. "It was cold and wet - it was an experience. But if you accept help, things can change, you can turn it around.

'Rock bottom'

He said it was important to get away from the traditional image of a homeless person.

"People automatically think of old men sleeping rough on the streets, you don't necessarily think of a young person who's found themselves in a tricky situation.

"My message to young people is ideally don't leave home. But obviously if you're in a situation where it's impossible to stay at home, there is help out there. You don't have to stay on the streets."

'Cheeky chappy'

Norman, Jamie's character, has had a hard time lately, dealing with his brother's death and homelessness.

Jamie's character, Norman, is homeless in Hollyoaks
"It's been a challenge," Jamie said. "We did a lot of research. Everyone else has been having a laugh and I've been sitting there going 'yeah'. You can't switch from joking one minute to being serious the next. It's hard."

But Jamie said things were going to get better for Norman in the future, although the details are a secret.

"I'm looking forward to being the cheeky chappy on set again, " he said. "Especially with my mates Alex, who plays Lee, Lee who plays Bombhead and the girls."

Turning It Around, sponsored by Nescafe, will be shown at 2.10pm on Channel 4 on Sunday 16 March.

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