The A Word



Rebecca HughesPlayed by Molly Wright

16-year-old Rebecca has the best family relationship with Joe. He's just a younger brother, and funny with it – why would anyone not want him to be Joe? Rebecca might talk a lot of sense, but her voice is one that's increasingly drowned out in the Hughes house, leaving her feeling invisible and taken for granted.

Stepdaughter, daughter of a control freak, sister of a brother with autism... that's a lot of weight to put on a teenager's shoulders, and it's no wonder Rebecca gravitates next door, to black-sheep Uncle Eddie. It's in him and Nicola that she confides, about thoughts of life beyond their two houses. But will her desire to rebel ever outweigh the pull of her family – especially Joe?