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Actor Eddie Marsan tells of torrent of vile anti-Semitic abuse

Actor Eddie Marsan revealed he was inundated with antisemitic abuse after portraying a Jewish anti-fascist. 

Mr Marsan, who played taxi driver Soly Malinovsky in TV drama Ridley Road, shared screenshots of Twitter abuse he had received, calling it 'relentless'. 

He said: 'All I did was play a Jew, I dread to think what would've happened if I was actually Jewish.'

His character on the programme is a taxi driver who led the 62 Group - Jewish activists who fought neo-Nazism in 1960s Britain. 

Mr Marsan, 53, told The Times he hoped publishing the abuse he received - including being accused of 'apartheid loving' - would bring attention to antisemitism. 

Eddie Marsan revealed he was inundated with antisemitic abuse after portraying a Jewish anti-fascist

Ridley Road, is written by Sarah Solemani and based on a Jo Bloom novel (pictured: Danny Sykes, Agnes O'Casey and Eddie Marsan in Ridley Road)

'I was using my non Jewishness to highlight the fact that this is ridiculous,' he said. 'Sometimes if a Jewish actor or writer or artist highlights it, it is diluted because people kind of expect it.' 

Ridley Road, is written by Sarah Solemani and based on a Jo Bloom novel. 

One social media user had criticised Mr Marsan for 'gaslighting' fans. 

Mr Marsan said that his co-stars such Tracy-Ann Oberman - who was outspoken about claims of antisemitism in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn - had been the subject of 'traumatic' abuse because they are Jewish. 

'If you make a film about racists or antisemites and you highlight historical abuse, which also resonates with what's going on now, you're going to p**s off racists,' Mr Marsan said.