Hollyoaks has launched an investigation after actress Rachel Adedeji accused the Channel 4 soap of racism.

The 28-year-old soap star, who plays Lisa Loveday, blasted the show over its "disappointing" response to the Black Lives Matter movement on Friday.

Rachel had insisted that Hollyoaks' response, which featured co-star Kelle Bryant, was "not progressive" before listing the slurs and racial injustices she claims to have seen on set.

Rachel Adedeji slammed Hollyoaks over its 'disappointing' response to the Black Lives Matter movement

Yesterday, Rachel explained on Twitter that her experience on the Channel 4 soap was "mostly positive" but called on systemic change in the industry.

She was also critical of their response to the Black Lives Matter movement and said having a black cast member talk on their behalf was not enough.

Rachel also called on her television employer to 'do better', expressing hopes that their efforts will continue after the movement stops trending.

Rachel posted a statement on Twitter where she criticised Hollyoaks' response to the Black Lives Matter movement
Hollyoaks has since released a statement to say that they are launching an investigation

"I am disappointed with Hollyoaks’ approach with showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement yesterday," she began in her Twitter statement.

"Did black lives matter when I was told “you’re all the same” via a make up artist you employed and remains in employment to this day?

"Did Black Lives Matter when a number of female black actors were forced to drastically change their hair, because if not, the viewers “would not be able to tell them apart?"

Rachel has played Lisa Loveday since 2016

"Do Black Lives Matter when my fellow black castmates are deemed “angry, aggressive and too vocal?”

"Did Black Lives Matter when referred to as “bl*****s” by a senior member of the production team?"

She continued: "Do Black Lives really matter to you if over the last four years at Hollyoaks, I have only worked with one black director?

Rachel called on the show to do better in the future

Rachel said that there were more examples she could have listed, and argued that little was being done 'behind the scenes'.

The actress added: "Honestly, the list goes on. Having a black cast member speak on behalf of Hollyoaks to show that the work is being done is not as progressive as they think. As a matter of fact, very little is being done behind the scenes.

"Unfortunately, Hollyoaks’ response seems to me, performative and disingenuous. It starts within the workplace. Systemic changes must be put into practice.

"Working at Hollyoaks is mostly positive, but the experiences I have encountered are a constant reminder of how difficult it is being a black woman in the industry. I am no longer standing for it.

"Putting out a podcast on racism and asking your black members to teach you how to tackle racism is the bare minimum.

She concluded: "THINK. DO BETTER. I hope Hollyoaks delivers the same energy when #BlackLivesMatter is no longer trending."

Actress Mandip Gill, who also starred in Hollyoaks, responded to the statement with a series of clapping hand emojis.

Actor Karl Collins, who played her on-screen dad, also showed his support for Rachel and said he was 'proud of her bravery'.