Chernobyl: ‘They all died‘ Star’s devastating connection to nuclear disaster revealed

Chernobyl follows a variety of people involved in the nuclear disaster, from those affected by the radiation to those who did everything they could to contain it.

Some of those recruited to help with the clean up was group of miners, with Andrei Glukhov (played by Alex Ferns) leading them.

Now actor Alex, who many will recognise from EastEnders, has revealed his family was affected by the nuclear disaster.

“Chernobyl’s a hard story, especially for me,” he explained.

Not one of them reached the age of 50, including Robert

Chernobyl star Alex Ferns

“I’ll tell you why it’s a hard story. My uncle Robert used to work for the Scottish Water Board,” he told the Daily Record.

“When Chernobyl happened, the poisoned rain came over the west and centre of Scotland.”

He continued: “My uncle and his colleagues were out working in he rain in the Killearn area and asked to come in but were told by their [manager] to stay outside and to carry on working.”

Alex revealed they were forced to work outside which led to their early deaths.

“Not one of them reached the age of 50, including Robert,” he detailed. “They all died of cancer.

“I think that’s a f**king tragedy. That’s a reflection of the bigger picture of Chernobyl that we see in the show.”


The actor added “whether the Chernobyl rain is what gave him the cancer, they don’t know 100 percent but the family are convinced it had something to do with it”.

It comes it was revealed a shocking scene was cut from the series as it deemed to harrowing.

Episode four of the HBO series showed a liquidator team given the task of gathering up local pets and killing them to stop the spread of radiation.

One scene saw Pavel (Barry Keoghan) find a little of puppies and being given the tough dilemma of choosing whether or not he should kill them.

It was decided it wasn’t necessary for viewers to see the scene after all.

Creator Craig Mazin told Entertainment Weekly: “Episode 4 is a tough one.

“The scenes with the liquidators and the dogs was really hard for a lot of people to watch, and that story actually got worse [in real life].

“And it was a first-person story – I was not making it up.”

He continued: “We shot it, but it was just too much. It felt abusive, and there’s a really weird line between ‘No, you need to look at this and see this and know that it happened,’ and taking it too far.”

Chernobyl is available to stream on HBO, Now TV and Sky Atlantic.

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