December 17th, 2016   Posted by admin

Guilty pleasure? Watching rubbish TV, which can be a good way to clear the mind.

Where is home? I share a flat in North London with my girlfriend [actress Ruta Gedmintas], but grew up in Devon, which will always be home.

Career plan B? I don’t have one, as I never had a plan A. I fell into acting after joining the National Youth Theatre when I was 16.

Who would play you in a movie of your life? I would definitely have to offer it first to my twin brother Harry, who is also an actor.

Biggest bugbear? Politicians and governments funding seemingly constant wars in the world – it’s a bit more than a bugbear, I know.

As a child you wanted to be… The centre of attention.

Earliest memory? Swimming in a lake on a family camping holiday to France when I was about three.

Secret to a happy relationship? Love and understanding.

Your best quality? How long have you got? But seriously, I really don’t know.

And your worst? I’m too sarcastic.

Last meal on earth? My mum’s macaroni cheese – my favourite meal when I was growing up.

Dream dinner-party guests? Salvador Dali, Thom Yorke from Radiohead, Albert Einstein and Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam. It would be more of a lads’ night in than a dinner party.

Advice to teenage self? Don’t start smoking – I’m still trying to give up.

On a day off we’d find you… Reading scripts at home, going to the gym or for a run on Hampstead Heath, hanging out with friends.

Starstruck moment? Seeing Prince in concert in Toronto last year and having drinks with him afterwards – we had red wine and limoncello. It was a privilege and pretty surreal.

Cat or dog? Starring in the film A Street Cat Named Bob, I obviously have to choose cats. I bonded with Bob when we were filming – he’s an absolute dude and came to my birthday party in September.

Big break? My first job, Brothers of the Head, a film I did when I was still at drama school.

Career highlight? Playing the lead role of Christopher in the stage version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2012.

Taking the production from workshop to the National Theatre and then the West End was an amazing journey.

Favourite tipple? Red wine, although I’m not a connoisseur.

Hangover cure? Go for a run and drink lots of water.

What did you have for breakfast today? Avocado on toast and scrambled eggs.

Top of your bucket list? It’s not a typical bucket list choice, but I’d like to have children one day.

Philosophy? Life is what it is – there’s no point complaining.

Where would you time travel to? To check out the dinosaurs.

First record you bought? A tape of Vs by Pearl Jam when I was about ten.

Happiness is… Being with friends and family. They are the people who inspire you to try to be the best possible version of yourself.

Luke stars in A Street Cat Named Bob and the animated adaptation of Ethel & Ernest, both in cinemas now

Source: Daily Mail

December 17th, 2016   Posted by admin

The book A Street Cat Named Bob was a huge bestseller. Now it’s been made into a film starring Luke Treadaway. Will the tale of the old moggy make him a star?


Luke Treadaway is only a few minutes late, but he’s wide-eyed with remorse as he pulls up a chair in the west London café where we had arranged to meet, apologising as he explains that his early-morning audition overran. He has a full schedule today – so full that it appears he had to skip breakfast, going by the speed with which he demolishes his scrambled eggs on toast. As well as looking for his next job, he is busy promoting his new film in which, after 10 years playing in largely ensemble casts – from a posh comedy stoner in Attack the Block to a mythological cult leader in Clash of the Titans to a prisoner of war in the Coen brothers-scripted Second World War drama Unbroken – he not only tops the bill but appears in pretty much every scene.

A Street Cat Named Bob is an adaptation of James Bowen’s book about his time begging and busking on the streets of London with a charismatic ginger tom that refuses to leave his side. The book was a huge hit – spending 76 weeks at the top of the UK bestseller list. Treadaway plays James, a role that presented several new challenges for the actor. “Often if you’re playing a real person, they’ve been dead 50 years,” he says. “Not only was this about a real person and a real cat, but they were both there on set.” The first day’s filming for which James was present required Treadaway to re-enact his agonies in hospital after a heroin overdose. “As an actor you just hope you’ve done your homework and can do it justice.”

The second challenge was working with the cat. Several cats, in fact, all playing Bob at various times, including Bob himself. “It was like an extra layer, basically. You’d do everything you normally do to prepare for a scene, and then just before you go it’s, ‘And… here’s Bob.’ So you’ll do a scene and think it’s come out really well. But then they go, ‘No – the cat was looking grumpy.’ You have to use the takes that were good for Bob.”


Much of the film was shot on the same busy streets in central London where James and Bob used to busk and sell The Big Issue, and during scenes passers-by would recognise them and want to stop and chat. “You have to let go of wanting it to be a quiet set,” laughs Treadaway. “They’ve got a really big fan base.” As the film shows, James and Bob would often find themselves surrounded by people wanting photographs, and Treadaway discovered he had his own personal connection to their popularity. “My girlfriend Ruta, when she found out I’d got the role, said: ‘I think I’ve got a photo somewhere of them.’ She looked back through all her old shots and there it was, from five years ago.” Actor Ruta Gedmintas, who met Treadaway on the set of the music-festival romance Tonight You’re Mine in 2011, also stars in A Street Cat Named Bob as Betty, James’s caring new-age neighbour. She was offered the role not long after Treadaway landed the lead. “That was just a really beautiful coincidence. I think it works really well.”

The film demanded that Treadaway busk in public. “We had guitars around as a kid. I’m not Frank Zappa, but I can play a bit,” he says. He’s being modest – he used to be in a band, Lizardsun, with his twin brother Harry, who is also an actor. Lizardsun performed guitar-heavy 70s-style psychedelic self-penned songs and Lou Reed covers. The songs he sings in A Street Cat Named Bob were written by Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale and are being released as a soundtrack; this is his third album, he laughs. The first accompanied his debut film, Brothers of the Head, made while he was still at drama school, in which he starred alongside Harry as the lead singer of a punk band, and Tonight You’re Mine also saw him in the recording studio.

The favourite aspect of his job is doing the research: “It’s like being a detective, creating a world you can exist in.” This love of building imagined lives is what first drew him to acting as a child, growing up with Harry and older brother Sam, and their school-teacher mum and architect dad in the little village of Sandford in Devon. That’s where he made his debut playing a flower in the local pantomime. “All kids run round playing make-believe. At best that’s what acting is, really.” He got to revisit his childhood for another film of his that’s about to be released: Ethel & Ernest, an animation based on Raymond Briggs’s book about his parents, for which he voiced the young Raymond alongside Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent as his mum and dad. “I can still see myself as a five-year-old with his books. It’s the most moving, beautiful little film.” But young Treadaway enjoyed acting out stories more than reading them. “I loved school plays, then did the National Youth Theatre at 16 and found out about drama school.”


In the decade since he graduated, Treadaway’s most celebrated performance came in the stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, for which his role as the teenage protagonist won him an Olivier Award in 2013. But A Street Cat Named Bob promises to reach a far broader audience. Bowen’s book was a bestseller in the US and the film is likely to match its transatlantic appeal. Director Roger Spottiswoode, known for his blockbusters Air America and Tomorrow Never Dies, has sprinkled the film with gratuitously tourist-friendly shots of London, and critics are already speculating that it could present the actor with his big break Stateside.

The media has made these sort of noises before. When news broke that Angelina Jolie had cast him in Unbroken, one headline read: Hollywood Comes Calling for Curious Incident Actor. “Yes, I remember that,” he harrumphs, clearly not impressed. “There are loads of incredible stories coming out of [Hollywood], so of course I’d love to go. But they’re making great stuff in many different parts of the world, and I’d be delighted with a part in any of them.”

View the photoshoot here

Source: The Observer

August 5th, 2016   Posted by admin

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time actor will play James Bowen, the formerly homeless busker whose books about his life with the scarf-wearing mog have been translated into more than 30 languages.


British actor Luke Treadaway will star as James Bowen, the former drug addict whose books about his life on the streets with a ginger cat named Bob have sold more than 4m copies worldwide, reports Variety.

The film version of Bowen’s first book, A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life, is due to shoot this October with Tomorrow Never Dies’ Roger Spottiswoode working from a screenplay by British writer Tim John. Spooks: Code 9 actor Ruta Gedmintas will also take an unspecified role.

Bowen became famous around the world after videos of the busker and his cat Bob on the streets of Covent Garden and Piccadilly began to hit YouTube. His first book, written with Garry Jenkins, has since been translated into 30 languages and spent more than 76 weeks atop the Sunday Times bestseller list.

The British busker, who had been living in sheltered accommodation in Tottenham, London, in 2007 when he came across a dishevelled and uncared-for Bob, credits the cat with saving his life because he was forced to get his life together in order to look after him. Bowen eventually quit the methadone program he had been on and has since co-written six books about his life with the cat.

Treadaway, 30, is best known for appearances as Prokopion in the 2010 remake of fantasy epic Clash of the Titans, as posh stoner Brewis in 2011 Joe Cornish sci-fi romp Attack the Block and as prisoner of war Miller in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken last year. He also starred in an acclaimed stage version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

There is, thus far, no word on who will portray Bob, but Bowen suggested in 2013 that the cat might star as himself. “Who else could play him? He’s such a character,” he told the Guardian.

Source: The Guardian

August 5th, 2016   Posted by admin

Harry Treadaway tells us you’ll relate to horror Honeymoon before it terrifies you.

Leigh Janiak’s Honeymoon was one of our favourite films at FrightFest (read our review here): a beautifully acted, deeply creepy and suprisingly affecting relationship horror that stars Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones) and Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) as a just-married couple who are suddenly forced to confront the question of how well they really know each other. As Bea’s (Leslie) behaviour becomes erratic, Paul (Treadaway) wonders if he knows her at all…

“I started reading the script and I was really taken in by this loving happy couple from New York and it’s actually quite rare to read a couple in love that doesn’t seem like a couple in love in a movie,” remembers Treadaway.  “The fact that it was laced with all this history and detail of what seemed like a real relationship really drew me in, and then as it started to turn and the film started to explore this horrible paranoid fear of the unknown, what happens if the person that you’ve given everything to, that you love and feel like you know each other’s souls backwards, what happens if that person starts to shift and that person starts to become not who you know as them…I suppose it asks the question how well do any of us know who we’re living with.”

“It’s a micro-version of it that anybody in a relationship can relate to. Sometimes you get out of bed and the person seems unknown for some reason, there are those moments, and I thought it tapped into that and the twist towards the end completely pulled the rug from out underneath my feet.”

Honeymoon is essentially a two-hander and relies heavily on the performances of its two leads to keep the audience gripped. Treadaway tells us that the challenge was one of the things that drew him to the project.

“Definitely, yes, and [doing that] with someone as extraordinary and wonderful and brilliant as Rose,” he tells us. “And being helmed by someone as amazing as Leigh, so between us three it felt like we had a really close bond. We only had maybe 10 days out in North Carolina before shooting, so me and Rose spent as much time together as possible and talking about all of the backstory and the history and fleshing out all the details. It was really fantastic, we just connected really well and it was brilliant, the momentum with which you can gather when it’s basically one location and one other actor. And this really kind of intimate story was a real appeal of the film and I think it’s quite rare.”


The confident and skilful direction of Janiak is all the more impressive given that it’s her feature debut, and Treadaway remembers that her abilities were very clear from the very start.

“From the get go,” he enthuses. “She will say this herself, she’d turn up to the production meetings and members of the crew would assume she was someone’s assistant because she’s a very young looking female and you’re not expecting her to be so assured and for her first film she was incredibly…she was all over it in terms of the shots, in terms of the tone and the pacing, and also a joy to collaborate with as well. So we felt like she had a really strong vision of it and yet was able to…what’s the word…marinade [laughs]! We were all able to work together on it as well, she was brilliant. And it was sensitive stuff; there were lots of really intimate things that were going on so to have her strength and her vision behind it was really essential to be honest.”

That intimacy makes the subsequent horror all the more traumatic. As Paul struggles to understand what’s happening to Bea, the audience is just as much in the dark. “I really liked that part of the script because when I was reading it, when it starts to shift I felt that I was as a reader unsure as to who was losing what.”

“Really there are themes in it which you could pick up and translate to a film about someone who had a car crash and suffered amnesia or someone who was suffering mental illness or someone who had a stroke. You are questioning just what is going on and that was what excited me about reading it, was that constant unsurety until the end. What I felt really drawn is how strong it can be if you have a real drama, a genuine drama going on and you just sort of flick it with a twinge of the other.”


Harry Treadaway as Dr Victor Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful 


Treadaway is hardly a stranger to the genre after his excellent work in Sky Atlantic series Penny Dreadful, in which he plays Dr Victor Frankenstein. “I’m absolutely having the time of my life playing Dr Frankenstein. He’s such a layered, complex strong vulnerable poetic scientific punk rock and roll genius doctor of the Victorian age that you just it’s a constant delight to go and work on that set. And with the other actors and with John’s writing, it’s really brilliant; I’m absolutely loving it.”

However, despite our pressing, Treadaway tells us that he can’t tell us anything about Season 2. “My lips are stitched shut,” he laughs. “I couldn’t tell you, I’d have to kill you. But it’s very exciting and like all of John’s writing you never know where it’s going to go and it’s very exciting. Just started filming last week and yes, I wish I could tell you more but I won’t, I can’t! They’ll shoot me!”

Penny Dreadful Season 2 might be a long way off but Honeymoon is in cinemas now and Treadaway couldn’t be prouder of it. “It’s a gamble that everyone takes involved in creating a fictional world that hopefully people will believe in and be moved by in some way so when it does, if you feel like in some way that’s happened then that’s a really good feeling, and with a small film to get made without any distribution on a very low budget in a very small space of time, when that happens that’s something to be proud of.”

Source: Scifinow


May 9th, 2015   Posted by admin

Harry Treadaway stars as the fabled Mary Shelley character Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, alongside big Black Hawk heartthrob Josh Hartnett as the Victorian-American Ethan Chandler.


Classicalites, surely you’ve heard that famous shriek by Dr. Frankenstein when his masterpiece comes to life, but what you may not know is that the actor who plays the young doctor on premium cable, Britain’s own Mr. Treadaway, likes to compile playlists of classical music to help him get into character. Treadaway says, “If I need to connect with the conversations I had initially, I can go back and listen to the music. It helps.”

For all the monster mashups that make up the Penny Dreadful universe, Treadaway finds it helpful to listen to the classics. Particularly, he (like Apple Corp. in Cupertino) finds pianist Glenn Gould’s work “so inspiring,” especially since he’s playing someone “who’s a genius.”

In addition to listening to Gould’s legendary keyboard stylings–to say nothing of his equally important radio plays–Treadaway did a few other things to bring a new, fresh perspective to the iconic role. While he read Shelley’s original text, upon whichDreadful writer John Logan bases many of his own story lines, Treadaway says he remains focused on Logan’s screenplay, avoiding most other iterations as rendered throughout the decades.

All the same, Treadaway claims he interviewed several professors who specialize in late 19th-century medicine, considering that’s the era from which the proto-Frankenstein character originates.

The 30-year-old actor was initially drawn to music by his twin brother Luke–who, as it happens, won an Olivier Award for his role in the literal house-brought-down The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. And together, they formed a Pearl Jam-esque quartet called Lizardsun with Matt Conyngham and Seth Campbell. Which may (or may not?) explain why their “joint” mockumentary, Brothers of the Head, was something of an, err, flop.

Of course, post-punks of a certain vintage will remember his filmic redemption behind the throne as Stephen Paul David Morris in Anton Corbijn’s Control.

According to Madison, in order to play the most foward-thinking doctor, Treadaway needed to listen to music that was even older. And he claims Gould’s music allowed him to, well, create life. “I’m stitching together characters,” he says, much in the same way Gould, himself, would splice tape later on.

In the new season of Penny Dreadful, which premieres this Sunday on Showtime at 9:00 p.m., Dr. Frankenstein’s mission is to make sure his new creation has the opportunity to love, as that is what his creation demands of him.

Source: Classicalite

March 19th, 2015   Posted by admin

“I feel like I’m about to move somewhere. I don’t know why or where to,” says British actor Luke Treadaway cryptically. “I’d quite like to be given a play to do in New York for a few months or film in L.A. I’d like to have different chapters in my life of living in different places,” he continues. “A few years ago, I might have said that I never wanted to move out of London, but the more I travel…”

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Treadaway is in New York for a few days promoting his new television series, Fortitude, produced in collaboration with Pivot in the U.S. and Sky Atlantic in the U.K. Set in the fictional Fortitude, a small mass of land in the Norweigan Arctic Circle, the show is a deliberately dark murder mystery with a hint of, if not the supernatural, the horrific extremes that nature can attain. Only a few hundred people reside in Fortitude—recent immigrants from England, Ireland, Spain, Scandinavia, and Russia—and each has his or her own reason for sequestering themselves at the end of the earth.

The show’s cast reflects the town’s disparate population, with American actor Stanley Tucci, Irish actor Richard Dormer, Danish actor Sofie Gråbøl, and Brits Michael Gambon and Sienna Guillory filling out the impressive ensemble. Treadaway plays Vincent Rattrey, a young British scientist who arrives in Fortitude to work on a project with a Professor Charlie Stoddart (Christopher Eccleston). Unfortunately for Vincent, soon after he arrives, Stoddart is brutally beaten to death with, among other things, a potato peeler. Vincent finds the body and is promptly arrested. Tonight, the show’s ninth episode will premiere in the U.S., and the most likely suspect in Stoddart’s murder remains a child with a motive tied to pollutants and polar bears.

Fortitude is the latest in a string of promising projects for Treadaway, who made his acting debut a decade ago in the indie film Brothers of the Head alongside his fraternal twin Harry (it was both brothers’ first professional audition) and has spent the majority of his career on stage in London (in War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). In December, the 30-year-old actor appeared as a British POW in Angelina Jolie’s World War II epic Unbroken. In regards to Fortitude’s renewal for a second season, Treadaway is “feeling positive.”

AGE: 30

HOMETOWN: Rural Devon, England

ALMA MATER: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

GROWING UP… We didn’t have cable or anything like that. There were four channels, and then we had the Friday night, rent-a-video-for-the-weekend. What did we have on VHS I watched far too many times—I think I watched Dances with Wolves 10 or 20 times. Just random things like an NBA anthology video about a season of the Chicago Bulls, I’d watch again and again and again.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: I first came to New York about five years ago and I remember the feeling of just vibrating with, “My god, I’m in New York! Wow!” That’s brilliant, and I still feel excited coming here, but I feel more like I’m able to be myself day-to-day, minute-to-minute, as opposed to having a sore neck from looking up at the buildings. As you get more used to places, you can enjoy them in a different way.

CHOOSING PROJECTS: [If I’m unsure about a project,] I often send it to my mum. She reads a lot. She’s been around. She knows. At the end of the day, you can get as many opinions as you want, but it’s going to be you that’s doing it, and you’ve got to really want to do it and really think that it’s a story that a) You’re going to want to watch, and b) you’d feel happy about telling your mates to watch. If you don’t think you’re going to happily get them to see it, then you have no right to do it, really. And it should teach people something about the world and have some sort of thing other than just being entertainment.

CREATING CHARACTERS: [When I signed on for Fortitude,] I’d only read the first episode so it was sort of going from one to the other: “Will I learn a little bit more about my character in Episode Two? Not necessarily.” But you have to be flexible. I think it’s the same with any long running TV shows, you’re only given a certain amount of information—it’s very different to doing a play or a film when you’ve got the whole beginning and end. It keeps you free to explore different sides of the character. There are a lot of filmmakers who won’t tell the actors what’s going to happen until the day of—or the day before—[shooting], or give them the dialogue the day before. Even when there’s a scene happening, they might not get told that something is about to happen in that scene. It’s taking it to a different level because it’s capturing that first-ever knowledge of that situation. But there’s no other choice, really. You’ve just got to deal with it.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND FORTITUDE: Natalie Yelburton, Sienna [Guillory]’s character, is studying cases of spontaneous aborts and hermaphroditism in reindeer. [My character] has gone there to study apex predators—polar bears—so slightly upgrading from badgers in the U.K. He’s studying the effects of perfluorinated compounds, the chemicals and plastics that humans release into the water system that then work there way through bio-magnification into the apex predators. I still remember this! It’s amazing. It’s quite scary and it’s true—they’re seeing instances of cannibalism in polar bears and that’s partly to do with all the ice melting and the climate change and being starving and not being able to use the ice to get to their hunting grounds, but also there are weird things happening with their brains because they are exposed to so many of these chemicals. It’s all art imitating life, really. It’s interesting to read about, but also really sad that we—the big corporations of the world—are saying our profits are worth more than environmental health. I think that’s terribly wrong and we need to stand up to it. A lot of the science in this show is actually pegged on real research. There are elements to the show which are imaginative as well, but a lot of the science in it is very much true.

IF I COULD PLAY ANY OTHER CHARACTER ON FORTITUDE… I would be Nick’s [Nicholas Pinnock] character because he’s a helicopter pilot and he’s been driving boats around and skidoos. I’ve spent far too much time in the lab. I’ve asked them specifically, in Season Two, if I could go onto the glacier and do something on a snowmobile—getting to go on a skidoo, that’s all I want to do!

MOVIES EVERY ACTOR SHOULD SEE: Chinatown, 100 percent. Dancer in the Dark, that’s an amazing film. Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, On the Waterfront. There are some great new films as well: Birdman. The Theory of Everything—that made me cry. I was in bits.

Source: Interview Magazine

January 25th, 2015   Posted by admin

Luke Treadaway on his film role as a PoW in Jolie’s Unbroken, starring in TV’s new Arctic thriller Fortitude, and saying no to rotten shark meat

Luke Treadaway wants to make sure I’ve done my preparation. The first thing he asks when we meet in a London hotel is whether I’ve bothered to watch any of Fortitude, the forthcoming Sky Atlantic crime drama in which he stars as a young scientist dispatched to an isolated Icelandic research base. I am able to reassure him that I have and that I thought it was very good.

“It is, isn’t it?” he agrees.

We talk a bit about filming in Iceland (he and other cast members including Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon and Sofie Gråbøl were there for about 10 weeks). He says he enjoyed swimming outdoors in big hot tubs surrounded by snow and that the landscape was “stunning”. He didn’t, however, sample hákarl, an Icelandic dish consisting of rotten shark meat; he’s been a vegetarian since he was six.

He grew up in Sandford, Devon, where his father is an architect and his mother a primary school teacher. (“Good,” he says when I mention this. “Done your research”).

Treadaway, 30, who has a twin, Harry (also an actor), and an older brother, Sam, went to the local comprehensive where his drama teacher inspired him to take acting seriously. “ He was a massive fat Cockney bloke who suddenly arrived at the school, talking a million miles an hour, completely singing off his own song sheet and singing beautiful, banging songs, and opened our minds really.”

After studying at the London Academy of Music and Drama, he landed the lead in two of the National Theatre’s most successful productions in his 20s. In 2007, he played Albert in the original War Horse and six years later received an Olivier for best actor as the autistic hero, Christopher, in another book adaptation, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

He has chalked up notable appearances in all manner of film genres, including most recently Unbroken, the wartime biopic directed by Angelina Jolie in which he appears as a malnourished inmate at a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.

Jolie had contacted Treadaway out of the blue and asked him over for a cup of tea to discuss a film she was directing. A car picked him up and deposited him at her hotel outside London. “We had a chat, she gave me loads of photographs of the men in the camps and a Life magazine from 1940.” A couple of days later, confirmation came through that he had got the role. “I ran lots and ate not lots and went and shot it,” he says of the preparation. Jolie is, he says “hard-working… I think she’s remarkable.”

“Acting,” he says, is “a passport into a different time and place… By doing preparation, by just filling your palette with as many colours as you can to paint the picture, then it becomes richer and more enjoyable to do.

Source: The Guardian

January 21st, 2015   Posted by admin

Olivier Award winner Luke Treadaway originated the lead roles in the National Theatre’s productions of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, winning the best actor Olivier for the latter. His film and TV credits include Clapham Junction, Clash of the Titans, Attack the Block and 13 Steps Down. In Fortitude, Luke Treadaway plays scientist Vincent Rattrey.


A small and remote research outpost in the Arctic is theoretically one of the safest places on earth, so murder shakes the community to its core. The local sheriff is forced to work alongside a british detective to find the killer before the winter closes in. Starring Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, and Christopher Eccleston, Fortitude starts on Sky Atlantic HD on January 29th 2015 at 9pm.

Who is Vincent and how does he fit into the story of Fortitude?

Vincent Rattrey arrives in Fortitude at the beginning of episode one and he’s there to study with Professor Stoddart at the Arctic Research Centre. He’s a clever young scientist who’s interested in the PFAs, the perfluoro-alkoxy compounds, which are giving signs of strange things going on among the apex predators, the polar bears in Fortitude.

He’s previously been studying in England where the apex predator is the badger, so he’s a bit green, everything’s new to him. He comes across some strange customs and he’s also the one that discovers this horrific murder, so things go wrong pretty quickly for him. Vincent is the audience’s way into Fortitude, he’s just stepped off the plane and meeting people for the first time.

How would you describe the series?

It’s about people. I don’t think it’s about polar bears or police or science, but all of that is in this world. It’s about people, how they interact and how the strains of mistrust and people’s hearts can warp the different situations they’re in. You see people being pushed to their limits, and they’re a small group of people, as Dan Anderssen says, clinging onto a rock in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. There’s an extreme sense of isolation where everything is magnified and as this community struggles through the hard times, they try to stay together and remain human.

Did you feel that sense of isolation while you were filming on location?

I’d go off and have a run on my own along a fjord or around a lake, which was beautiful and extremely isolated. But the rest of the time, it was a real bonding experience with the whole cast and crew.

Was there any research you could do to prepare for the role?

I spent some time trying to brush up on my knowledge of perfluoro-alkoxy compounds and what they meant, and I did some research on badgers and polar bears and apex predators in general. I gave myself a crash course in Vincent’s world and then just tried to be open to the fact that, as a character, I’d never been there before. You don’t learn a great deal about Vincent in the first few scripts, so I tried to be open to what that character might develop into as well.

There are a couple of love interests for Vincent along the way, aren’t there?

Yes. Well, love interests as far as they go for Vincent. They’re sort of unseen moments, really, the things that happen between episodes. Sienna’s character, Natalie, is the person Vincent spends most of his time with and they both get pretty involved in the drama and mystery of the island. So Vincent and Natalie develop a bond, but it’s more a meeting of minds.

You’re involved with some of the most gruesome moments of the series. Were you squeamish about any of the props?
I’m a vegetarian and it was funny because it did get to the point where I was asking ‘what are we dissecting today?’. We had an amazing prosthetic animal maker and one day there was a full-sized polar bear on the lab table and we had drills and saws to go into its head with. You’d peel back its skin and then, in one take, you’d carry on into the skull and into the brain that had been perfectly prepared for us to excavate. It was amazing. What I did find weird were the prosthetic humans – they looked so real
and then we’d have to cut them up. I say it was weird, but I did spend most of the time larking around with saws and saying inappropriate things to dead bodies, so I can’t claim it was too traumatic.

How did you deal with the cold?

With thermals, hand warmers and Canada Geese. A lot of the time, I was too hot because with all those thermals on you’d get really warm. I was cold on the days off when I didn’t have Vincent’s coat and I’d be walking around Iceland in a denim jacket, though. Fortitude has attracted such a stellar cast.

What was it like to work with the likes of Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and
Stanley Tucci?

It’s a great team, isn’t it? A script and a story like this is going to attract amazing people. Having a cup of tea in the hotel foyer with Gambon while waiting to get picked up really is the stuff of boyhood dreams. I’m looking forward to there hopefully being a second series where I might be able to cross paths with some of the characters I didn’t interact with so much in this one.

Do you have a preference between film, TV or theatre? And do you approach the mediums differently?

Until now all I’ve really done is theatre and film. I’ve got so much out of that and I’ve loved it. What I’ve found strange about TV is not really knowing what’s coming next, because in film or theatre, you have the whole story before you get going. But I’ve found this so exciting. It’s really fun to work on something for such a long time and watch the story grow. Every night when we sat down to dinner having received the scripts for the next couple of episodes, we’d all be blown away.

Vincent is a scientist and you had to get to grips with some scientific terminology, but how were you at science at school?

Well that’s a question I’ve never been asked before! When I was in year nine, so when I was 14 or so, there were a few of us in my class who were hot into science for some reason.

We were also the bad kids smoking behind the gym, but at the same time we were really good at science, and we had a great teacher, Mr Simpson. Anyway, he picked us to enter a national chemistry competition where we were competing with kids up to the age of 18 and somehow, we got through to the national final. So we came up to London and only went and won the bloody thing against all these hi-tech science public schools, just us five from a little Devon comp. We won a few grand for the school’s chemistry department or something and returned as heroes.

Never mind the Olivier Awards, it’s all about the chemistry. Yes, chemistry club has been my highest achievement for sure! Although I did quit chemistry A-level after the first term because I couldn’t handle it.

Why should Sky Atlantic viewers tune in?

Well I’ve never seen anything like this on TV before, and the trailer alone has literally made me… well, I can’t say what I want to say, but it’s absolutely brilliant. There’s this stunning scenery that is totally connected to the emotion of the story, and the story is gripping and unpredictable. And the performances are phenomenal. It’s so exciting.

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September 30th, 2014   Posted by admin

Harry Treadaway is amongst the up-and-coming Brit boy pack that look set to storm blockbusters and theatre sell-outs in the next couple of years. Whilst a handful of them (namely the likes of Douglas Booth, Maz Irons, Sam Claflin and Freddy Fox) have recently been gathered together for The Riot Club, Harry has turning his attention to a psychological thriller.


He is best known for his cowboy role in the big-budget Lone Ranger, and for his portrayal of the young Dr. Frankenstein in hit TV series Penny Dreadful. His latest venture sees him star opposite Rose Leslie, the titian-haired beauty of Game of Thrones fame in new release Honeymoon.

The film brings us to a young couple, bright-eyed and still glowing from their wedding day, as they arrive at their modest honeymoon destination. Whilst the rickety log cabin screams horror movie stereotype, an endearing scene-setting of the love between the newlyweds sets this apart from any Blare-Witch-esque productions we might have had to sit through before.

Honeymoon is the movie baby of first-time director and co-writer Leigh Janiak, and her fresh eyes are evident in both the raw visuals and the sensitive dialogue between the young couple. Leigh ensures the audience grows attached to the characters and their relationship, before altering their situation irrevocably.

I spoke to Harry Treadaway ahead of the film’s release. His passion for the project is clear as he describes how he, Rose and Leigh prepared for filming. ‘We went into the history of our characters as a couple, we talked about their lives before the honeymoon, where they had lived, their first dates, where they worked, their favourite food. We made them real people with real lives. It makes what happens to them, and the movie as a whole more effecting. They’re a normal couple. We went over all the details of their history together so that when in the film, Rose’s character starts to change, the way my mine behaves is real.’

It’s that reality and grounded-ness that encapsulates the thriller. There is only one location, and for the majority of the time only two characters. To Harry this must have stood in stark contrast to the grandiose sets of Lone Ranger. He spent five weeks training for the role at ‘cowboy camp’, learning to ride and twirl pistols. ‘I was asked to play a cowboy’, Harry laughs ‘I’ve ticked that off, I couldn’t say no could I?’.


‘I relish working on all different scales’ Says Harry ‘For this movie it as all about the dynamic between two people. Working on  it was intense and refreshing at the same time. We were able to keep the momentum going throughout each scene. Rose is a great actress, seriously talented and I was lucky enough to be working with her.’

‘There were moments when it felt there was no world outside of that cottage. Everything was so highly charged, and when the scene finished you’d have to really step out of it and regroup. Yet together we’d continue to talk about what was happening in the film. We spoke so much about it. We had a very short timeframe, just four weeks, so we couldn’t afford to lose sight of what was happening in each scene too much. There were days when we would have to get through eight pages of dialogue, there was no way round it, we couldn’t lose our feel for it.’

Harry is typically modest about his role in Honeymoon, yet his affection for it is clear.  ’With humility I’d say that the film is something to celebrate. It’s not big budget, it doesn’t boast high scale effects, it brings a first-time director together with two kids from London’. That might be a slight understatement, but it is true that Honeymoon‘s minimalism is one if its big draws.


So what’s next for Mr Treadaway? Although his looks mark him as a Burberry poster boy in the making, it’s fair to say his passions don’t lie smack bang in the middle of the world of fashion. Nevertheless he has Topman campaigns under his belt and has been spied sitting alongside the likes of Tinie Tempah at Burberry Prorsum’s AW13 menswear show. I ask him whether he’s graced any front rows at fashion week this womenswear season, ‘When is fashion week again?’ he replies. That’s that answered then.

‘I would love to direct. I’ve already done a short and a music video. It’s something I’d love to look into.’ When I ask him what he’s listening to at the moment,  his enthusiasm is evident. ‘The amazing Johnny Lloyd, check him and his solo demos out. Arcade Fire’s new album is really floating my boat.’ There you go, music recs from the man himself.

And it’s all about home comforts for Harry this summer. ‘Right now I’ve just bought a new bed, mattress and a blind. I’m enjoying nesting at the moment. When I’m away I miss things like the Italian in Highgate – Fabrizio’s, and Hampstead Heath. I’m a Devon boy too, and that’s where my heart really lies, doing things like running through the fields and swimming in the river.’ Yep, it’s fair to say that sounds pretty wonderful right now.

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September 25th, 2014   Posted by admin

Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) is currently starring alongside Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) in the horror movie Honeymoon.


In the film Treadaway plays Paul, and has recently married Rose Leslie’s character Bea. The pair retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin for their honeymoon. Bea goes missing one night and then reappears a changed woman. She is acting very strangely and falling apart mentally and physically. What happened out there in the woods? Paul attempts to get to the bottom of things, and won’t like what he finds out.

I was lucky enough to get some time to ask Harry about the making of the film as well as his other current project: the amazing bit of telly that is Penny Dreadful. Fair warning – there’s a series 1 spoiler in there.

Hiya Harry. I’m Alan from Live for Films. How are you doing today?

I’m good, mate. How are you?

Cool, cool. I’m alright, yeah. So, what drew you to Honeymoon?

Well… it was a really, uh… fresh, uh… raw, surprising, intimate little film. It felt very real, when I read it. They felt like people that you would know, you know? It had all the quirks and little details of a real relationship.

It was about having someone to know and love, and what you would do if that person starts to shift and no longer be the person they were. I think there are many ways that can come about in life: whether someone’s been in an accident, or having an affair and lying, or becoming delusional, or suffering amnesia… So it taps into that, and I didn’t know where it was going to go when I was reading it.

The combination of the script, Rose and Leigh, the director, made me believe it was going to be a really fun twenty-four days shooting it.

How difficult was portraying a character constantly being pushed to the edge?

It’s that idea of care. For someone that you love. He’s grappling with… initially… trying to keep the honeymoon sweet and smooth and keep everyone happy. Then it comes to a point where he’s trying to deal with something completely out of his control.

So it’s really looking at the way we would behave when a loved one becomes… not the loved one that they once were.

And what was it like working with Rose?

An absolute joy. She’s an incredible, wonderful human being, and an amazing actor. We’d met before, but through other actors… through other people. We met up a few times before we went out to North Carolina and spoke about our characters. Then we had about ten days in North Carolina before we started and spoke at length, and in depth, about their history and background to flesh out that history.

Was it embarrassing doing your love scenes? It must be very strange…

I mean, it… the whole process of the film relied on total respect and trust between me, and Rose and Leigh, and that wouldn’t have been possible without jumping into it head first. I just felt lucky to be working with someone as  incredible as Rose.


I don’t get a reason to ask anyone this very often, but as there’s an extraterrestrial element to the film – do you believe in aliens?

Ummm… I watched Melancholia last night, so was asking myself that very question last night. Ummm… I don’t know… It’s hard to say there’s nothing else out there, but it’s not impossible – I don’t know… I haven’t made my mind up on that yet! All I know is that where we are on planet Earth is an incredibly special, amazing place and [laughing] we should all cherish where we are right now.

Lovely. How was it working with the gore effects?

Yeah, yeah. We had an amazing guy called… Nielsen, someone Nielsen – he was an amazing effects guy. He came and created something that, on not a massive budget, really worked. Yeah, it’s… it was pretty gruesome, it was pretty graphic. Not the funnest moment of the day, to be honest, but, equally, it’s kind of fun because it’s more make believe, innit?

Do you think with smaller, more intimate, chancier films like this that you have to have more faith in your director than usual?

It’s definitely a good thing, and I think the faith more than paid off in this one. I think Leigh (Janiak) is brilliant. She had such a strong vision for the film and a great way of working with actors that I’m sure she’s going to go on and make loads of amazing films.

But, yeah, totally. On a small film, well, on any film, what you’ve got is the writing, the other actors and who’s shooting it. They’re the fundamentals, but even if they’re good it’s still hard – there are so many variables.

Are you a fan of the horror genre in general?

To be honest, I wouldn’t use the horror genre term for Honeymoon. I feel that it’s more of a psychological thriller, but I concede that there are total horror elements to it, and that does come into it. To be honest, it’s the story and character and the people. If they’re good, then you wanna do it regardless of genre.

Do you mind if we talk about Penny Dreadful a little? I loved the first series.

Thank you very much! Go for it.

Is there anything you can say about the second series? What stage is it at?

We’ve got the majority of the scripts for the second season now, and just started shooting last week. There were eight episodes in the first season, but are ten for the second season. It just goes deeper and darker and is constantly surprising… Beyond that, I’d better not divulge!

 Talking of surprises, your character was involved in probably the biggest of the first series. How did you react when you first found out about the death of your poor Mr. Proteus?

Oh, yeah! Yeahhh, I know! Well I didn’t see it coming! I just thought that it was a truly great twist, you know? And such a fascinating prospect to play Victor Frankenstein a year on from where you are used to seeing him. It was such a rich character that Shelley wrote, and getting to get him to where he needs to go is a joy.

That was a Game of Thrones level shocker! Do you think that post-Thrones people are starting to expect that kind of “event TV”, where huge moments that previously may have only happened in season finales are now expected weekly?

Yeah. I mean there’s a lot of ummm… It’s getting you to watch the next episode isn’t it? Knowing that people are reacting to it and questioning what’s going to happen next – that’s what you want really. The quality of series’ that are out there is so high, and the fact that you get to spend more time with the characters, rather than just an hour and a half in the cinema, means that when things happen to them it affects you more.

 You co-star with Timothy Dalton in the show. How exciting is it to work alongside a Bond?

Oh! You know… I love him! I think he’s a fantastic man, and it’s been a pleasure.

 Brilliant. My time with you is nearly up, but I have one final question: If you could be killed by any movie monster, which one would it be, and what would your last words be?

By any movie monster?! [thinking] I would say E.T. And my last words would be “Go home!”

[both laugh]

 Awesome! That’s a good one! Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to me. I hope Honeymoon does really well, and I can’t wait to see series 2 of Penny Dreadful.

 Thank you! You have yourself a lovely day!


 Cheerio! Thanks! Bye!

 Harry Treadaway is a thoroughly lovely fellow and I would like to again thank him for his time, as well as the rad Ryan at Fetch PR for sorting this interview out for me.

Source: Liveforfilms