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By Annabelle Gauntlett

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Evie and Kayleigh hiking in the Scottish Highlands.
Evie and Kayleigh hiking in the Scottish Highlands.

Evie Morrison has opened up about being a part of the LGBTQ+ community after appearing in BBC's hit TV show The Traitors.

The 30-year-old from Inverness reached the final of series two of the ultimate murder mystery game, where she bonded with 21 other contestants as they aimed to win up to £120,000 while being based at Ardross Castle.

On her being part of the LGBTQ+ community, she said: "I honestly didn't pay much attention to it at all, and when it was revealed on the final episode of The Traitors, it came up really organically.

"There wasn't a big reveal or anything, which I love because the show never made your sexuality tokenistic.

"It was very much like that with so many members of the cast who were queer or queer identified, and it was shown so naturally."

When speaking about the public's reaction to her coming out on the show, she said: "When I saw it on Twitter with the amount of comments that had erupted asking why I didn't say anything sooner, I just never thought it was something I needed to announce.

"I had talked about it a lot in the series, but it just didn't come up on the TV until the final episode.

"I loved the reaction as everyone was just great!"

Evie spoke about how she was characterised as 'quiet and clueless' during the series, so partly 'wished the news has come out sooner'.

She said: "I did come under some slack for being quiet and clueless throughout the season, so to then see that change over time, where people actually liked and rated me, I actually preferred that. It was great and made me feel better."

Evie Morrison and her partner Kayleigh Deane.
Evie Morrison and her partner Kayleigh Deane.

The veterinary nurse described the show's reveal as 'representative to her normal life' as she said: "It's not really a massive part of my identity.

"I was very privileged to be in a position where I never really had to come out to my friends and family, it was just a case of who I was happy with.

"I'm very privileged that I have never really had to struggle with any of it."

While Evie appreciated the show's 'organic reveal' she joked about wanting the news to have come out sooner for extra support from the LGBTQ+ community.

She said: "It might have been nice for the news to have come out a bit sooner so people could have rallied round me a bit more because I think by episode seven people still didn't know who I was."

Evie is now back doing what she loves as a veterinary nurse and continues her love for hiking in the Highlands, but now as a faithful local celebrity.

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