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How does Dan compare to characters that you’ve played in the past?
“He’s quite different – obviously because he’s a surgeon and he’s so brilliant at what he does. But there are also similarities to characters that I’ve previously played. I often get cast as slightly repressed, middle-class Englishmen – I can’t think why! (Laughs) So in that respect there’s similarities to some of the characters I’ve portrayed in the past. But I think another difference is the physicality of the guy – because he’s so sporty, a big fan of rugby and a rugby player himself. In my mind, Dan could possibly have had a promising semi-professional career in rugby, so I’m trying to convey that physicality and that’s the main difference.”

Is Holby a show that you’ve always had your eye on?
“Yes, for lots of different reasons. I think that for a show that’s on 52 weeks of the year it looks great, it’s consistently well-acted, consistently well-written and they have some fantastic guest stars on. Plus, it’s not too far from where I live, so it’s like having a proper job and a proper commute, which has been fantastic.”

Have you adjusted well to the intense filming schedule at Holby?
“It can be long hours and it can be quite intense, but we do get weekends off and I think I’ve been eased in quite gently. My schedule is getting fuller now, but when I first started, I was definitely eased in. Plus, I’m having so much fun that it doesn’t feel like work – it’s like I’m being paid for doing my hobby, really.”

You’ve joined the show at the same time as Laila Rouass, so have you shared many scenes with her?
“Her first episode is going to be my first episode as well, but I haven’t worked with her a huge amount. Her character Sahira is on a different ward and they’re filmed in different places. But I think with Laila Rouass joining at the same time as me, not many people are going to notice my arrival, because they’ll be looking at her! (Laughs) Laila is a lot of fun – I had a little scene with her the other day, which was really nice, but that’s not going to be on screen for a few months. I think Laila really had to hit the ground running – she was filming all day every day for months, and was quite jealous of my relatively easy schedule to begin with!”

Are you prepared for the increased attention that comes with a show as high-profile as Holby?
“I’m not sure how you prepare yourself for any increase in attention. The show definitely has a very big and ardent fanbase, so I just hope that I don’t disappoint any of the fans! I really hope that they take to the new character.”

Is it exciting to be part of Holby‘s revamp period?
“It’s really exciting and the show looks great when you watch it. I think that Guy Henry who plays Henrik Hanssen has had an immediate impact and he’s a fantastic actor, as well as being a lot of fun to be around on set. So it’s been brilliant to be part of the revamp and I just hope that I can help to maintain the high standard that Holby has always managed to achieve.”

Source: Digital Spy

admin   February 6th, 2011   Adam Astill, Holby City


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