Outnumbered actor Tyger Drew-Honey on having porn star parents

“Every year we’d have porn stars coming around,” he reveals in tomorrow's Radio Times. “They’d buy me presents and we’d play games – I remember them picking me up and walking me along the ceiling”

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Outnumbered actor Tyger Drew-Honey on having porn star parents
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Outnumbered star Tyger Drew-Honey has lifted the lid on what it was like growing up with porn star parents.

Speaking exclusively in this week’s Radio Times magazine, the actor and only child of Linzi Drew, a former adult model and editor of Penthouse magazine, and Simon Honey, a highly successful porn producer better known as Ben Dover, reveals how he gradually found out how they earned a crust.

“My parents never hid from me what they did for a living,” he says. “It was a very slow, euphemistic process. A friend would come round and they’d say, ‘This is Pascale. Mummy and Daddy take pictures of Pascale having a special hug with Charlotte.’ By the time I was nine, I pretty much completely understood… I knew it wasn’t normal, but it was just my life.” 

“Every year we’d have porn stars coming around,” adds the Outnumbered star “They’d buy me presents and we’d play games – I remember them picking me up and walking me along the ceiling.”

Now 18, Drew-Honey has chosen porn as the first subject explored in Eye of the Tyger, his forthcoming three-part documentary series for BBC3.

He adds: “Porn is always going to be there and we’re always going to be sexual beings who enjoy watching other people have sex. It’s harmless and enjoyable if done correctly. It helps people get on with their life. The problem comes when they are watching it seven times a day and spending thousands of pounds on having sex with escorts because of it.

“We need to stop restricting certain sites and change the type of porn that’s on the internet. I don’t think we should be slapping women around and saying ‘You whore!’ It should be real sex. The main problem is that internet pornography isn’t a true representation of sex.”

The new issue of Radio Times is on sale from Tuesday