Posted on December 17th, 2016 by admin

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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


Posted on August 5th, 2016 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.

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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


Posted on March 19th, 2015 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


Posted on January 25th, 2015 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.

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“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


Posted on January 21st, 2015 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.

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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.

Source: IcyMi


Posted on September 18th, 2013 by admin

The Olivier Award-winning star of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is heading to Los Angeles to prepare for secret new project.

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Luke Treadaway is the National Theatre’s million-dollar man. Now 28, in the last six years he has taken the lead in two of the most successful shows in the theatre’s history. In 2007, he was Albert in the original production of War Horse, a show that has since transferred to the West End and Broadway, been seen by over four million people worldwide and inspired a Hollywood movie.

Last year, he was cast as Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a production which also blazed into the West End, where it has already been seen by 150,000 people, and earlier this year won a record seven Olivier Awards – including one for him as Best Actor.

“It’s a hell of a souvenir for the last 14 months,” he says coolly of the trophy. “By the time it got to me on the night, we’d won five out of five, so I was completely prepared for mine to be the first one not to win. I was shocked. Then I went backstage and had my picture taken with [Best Actress] Helen Mirren. So, yeah. Fun night.”

It all began with a failed audition. In 2007, fresh out of Lamda, Treadaway tried out for a new play, The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder, at the National. He got down to the last two to play the teenage son, but lost out (to Adam Gillen). A couple of weeks later, the theatre’s casting director called to ask if he might be interested in doing a workshop for a few weeks instead. “I remember my agent saying, ‘It’s called War Horse’ and I wrote it down and went out to buy the book. I read it and thought, ‘Wow. Oh my god, Albert’s going to be an amazing part for someone. Can’t believe I’m from Devon, too, but I won’t get it. Never mind…'”

By the end of three weeks in a rehearsal room in south London – “It was before the puppets had even arrived from South Africa, so people were walking around whinnying, using an arm and a shoulder for a horse’s head. It was a beautiful thing” – the part of Albert was his. And a fruitful partnership with the director, Marianne Elliott, had begun. Straight after the workshop, Elliott cast him in bit parts in Saint Joan. By night, he stood around behind Anne-Marie Duff, getting used to being on stage at the National. By day, he and Elliott wrestled with War Horse. When it came to The Curious Incident, Treadaway was first in line for the workshop – and once again won the lead. “I’ve never done a play with Marianne having auditioned for it. I think I’m pretty rubbish at auditions, really. I should just workshop everywhere.”

The pair will reunite for the theatre’s 50th anniversary gala in November. He can’t say too much about it except that it will feature “scenes from big National shows over the years.” After that, he is keen to work with his mentor on a third mega-hit. “She can have me whenever she wants me, put it that way. Whenever we see each other we always boringly talk about what we’re going to do next. There will be something, I’m sure.” Having played two teenagers, might it be time to stop waxing his chest and start playing… “Older than 15? Well, exactly. I played 14 in War Horse, 15 in Curious. I’m looking for a 16-year-old part next. How different would that be – playing an actual mid-20s man in something?”

For now, Treadaway is taking a well-earned rest from the theatre. He finished his West End run in The Curious Incident at the end of August, and after an all-night wrap party, hopped on a 5am plane to Spain. Today, fresh from holiday, he looks relaxed, dressed in a vest and jeans, grey Reebok hi-tops and a gap-year necklace in the shape of a fish. He is on a break – but it is the nicest kind of actor’s break. (He’s known the not-so-nice kind, too. “There have been hard times and great times and times in between,” he says. “The odd six months out of work. Horrible.”)

Hollywood has, unsurprisingly, come calling – and in the next few weeks he will head to LA to prepare for a big job his agent forbids him to talk about. Until then he is enjoying playing guitar in the Highgate flat he shares with his actor twin, Harry, actress girlfriend, Ruta Gedmintas, and musician friend Johnny. “I’d been thinking that when I finish this play, I must sit down and bloody play some guitar again. I love it, I really do. You have the time to decompress and realise that it’s not all about acting. Because it’s not.”

When he was in The Curious Incident, he would struggle to shake off his intense alter-ego, talking in the teen’s oh-so-deliberate manner for hours after a show. “When I’m in a job, I don’t very successfully get away from it. I’m always ticking away. But when I’m not working, I have a similar commitment to seeing my friends and enjoying myself.” Today, he is lightly hungover, craving a cigarette and given to lyrical outbursts, particularly about the part he has just left behind. “Will Christopher ever really leave me? I don’t know. I think he’ll always be a part of me or I will always be a part of him. Or something. I don’t feel I’ve said goodbye to him forever. He’s still there.”

That said, he admits that it is a relief not to be going on stage tonight. Playing the autistic teenager, he spent a “very sweaty” two-and-a-half hours, five nights a week scrabbling on the floor, flinging himself into the air and running up walls. It took its toll – in the form of RSI in his arm and housemaid’s knee. There is a new Christopher now and the entire cast has been replaced. “I think it was time. We all knew it and felt it. It’s 14 months since we started at the Cottesloe and by the amount of elbow supports, painkillers and physio that everyone was having, it was clear that we’d all pretty much gone as far as we could go with it. For now, anyway.” Which suggests a Broadway run could be on the cards.

In the meantime, he has other things to keep him busy. He is the star of The Rise, an offbeat British heist with Timothy Spall and Vanessa Kirby, which is released this weekend and is unusual for being set in Leeds, not London. “There are so many set in London, all ‘fackin’ cockneys’. It feels fresh,” says Treadaway, drawing a veil over his own foray into the genre, the forgettable Get Lucky. Before that, his biggest film was the excellent Attack the Block. While he would love to work with Danny Boyle (he’d be an ideal heir to Ewan McGregor), theatre is his first love. “It’s when I grow and learn most. You don’t get time for that on a film set.” He wasn’t keen on Spielberg’s War Horse, for example. “I’m not a very fair person to judge it, I don’t think. First, I come from Devon and in my head I’d set it in my village. So they basically got it wrong. It didn’t look like any Devon I knew.”

The Devon Treadaway knows is, specifically, Sandford, where he was raised by his architect father and primary-school teacher mother. He has an older brother, Sam, who works in Bristol as a multimedia artist, and the aforementioned twin, Harry, another British rising star with roles in Control and Fish Tank to his name. Luke made his stage debut aged 3, playing a daffodil to his father’s Big Bad Wolf in a local am-dram Little Red Riding Hood. From then on it was “non-stop” playacting with his ready-made co-star, Harry. “There was never a time you couldn’t put a play on, because there was always someone to do it with,” he says. “I’d give Harry the odd cameo.”

Growing up, the twins worked to carve out separate characters, never going into school with new shoes or a new haircut on the same day, never wearing the same clothes. “I think that’s a bit strange to do that to twins. They’ve enough of an uphill struggle to make their own identity. It’s weird.” But they also loved all of the same things. They both played on the same rugby team. They both played in the same band, Lizardsun. Aged 16 they both joined the National Youth Theatre, where they both instantly befriended Matt Smith, aka Doctor Who. “He was leaning out of the window and was the first person we met when we arrived. We’ve been best mates ever since.” Aged 18, they both enrolled at Lamda.

“We weren’t going to draw straws or toss a coin to decide who couldn’t go. That would be stupid.” And aged 19, they landed their first professional job, a film called Brothers of the Head, in which they played conjoined twins, and spent 15 hours a day stitched into a wetsuit together. They have worked together since, in Mark Ravenhill’s Over There, a play about East and West Germany, which climaxed with Luke, wearing nothing but high heels and a smear of ketchup, kissing Harry.

It must get a little heated in their flat – four performers, all scrapping for jobs. “We’re all ambitious and and work with good people and do good scripts, so it’s competitive in that sense. There’s a healthy desire to get good jobs. But I don’t hide Harry’s script to stop him going in for an audition, or lock him in the bathroom so he can’t go for a meeting.” Would he do another job with his twin now? “They do come our way. I don’t regret doing it. If it had ended up that no-one wanted to cast us on our own and we’d just ended up playing twins, then it would have been a really bad decision. But we’ve both done our own thing. It’s worked out.”

Source: The Independent

 


Posted on August 9th, 2013 by admin

The Curious Incident actor lives in Highgate and calls Matt Smith for a good time.

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Home is…

I grew up in Devon in a village outside Crediton called Sandford. I try to go back as often as I can; it’s still my spiritual home.

Where do you live?

Highgate Village with my girlfriend Ruta [Gedmintas], twin Harry and our friend Johnny. It sounds crowded, but at least two of us are always away at any one time.

Best place for a first date?

Somewhere lively like The Boogaloo pub in Highgate, which has a good jukebox.

First thing you do when you arrive back in London?

If I’ve been away for a while, I go for a walk on Hampstead Heath.

Shops you rely on?

Beatroot on Berwick Street for food before I go on stage, and Metro Food & Wine by Archway Station for last-minute things on the way home. If I’m going to an event or a party, I always get suits from Burberry, but I’m not sure if that counts as shopping because they lend them to me. I just don’t ever shop.

Best meal you’ve had?

I always have a good time at The Wolseley. There’s a great atmosphere, and I love the mac and cheese and Welsh rarebit; it’s simple food done well.

Building you’d like to be locked in overnight?

I’d take some friends with me and we’d have a jam on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.

What would you do as Mayor for the day?  

Get a haircut. And give everyone the day off for a street party.

Who are your heroes?

My parents; they are brilliant people whom I have always admired and looked up to.

Favourite London pub?

St John’s Tavern in Tufnell Park for its amazing food.

Best London discovery? 

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was five and a few years ago I discovered Mildreds, which is a great veggie restaurant on Lexington Street. I eat there a lot.

Building you’d like to live in?

Hampton Court would be a pretty good pad right on the river.

Where would you go for a nightcap?

Century is next door to the Apollo Theatre where I am appearing inThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, so post-show I’ll go there for cocktails.

Best thing a cabbie has said to you?

‘Hop right in’ instead of the usual ‘Sorry, mate, not going that way’.

Most romantic thing someone’s done for you?

Two years ago for my birthday my girlfriend organised a treasure hunt, guided by text message, which basically involved me getting more and more drunk around London. It started with a shot of tequila in the bar where we had our first date, and ended in a surprise party at my friend’s pub in Soho, The Sun & 13 Cantons.

Earliest London memory?

When I was five we did a house swap with a family in Greenwich. We went to see Starlight Express, and the moment I got home I bought some rollerskates and used to skate round the kitchen.

Biggest extravagance?

Eating out, which I do about five times a week, maybe more.

Who do you call when you want to have fun?

The three people I live with, or Matt Smith, who is a good friend.

Last play you saw?

I went to see Richard III at the Apollo Theatre so I could check out the space and see Mark Rylance being brilliant.

Animal you’d most like to be?

An eagle, so I could fly.

Best advice you’ve been given?

My old drama teacher, Phil Gasson, said, ‘It is what it is,’ meaning if you’re in a situation, just get on with it.

Last album you downloaded?

Amok by Atoms For Peace, a band made up of Thom Yorke and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers — it’s totally beautiful.

At the moment you are…

Standing on my balcony, but in general I am on stage.

What do you collect?

In the last scene of the play I draw a big smiley face on the stage with a piece of chalk, and every night I come off stage with the chalk in my pocket and add it to a long line going all the way round my dressing room. As someone said, I am literally chalking up shows.

Source: The Standard


Posted on May 1st, 2013 by admin

TAFF and students at a Devon school have sent messages of congratulations to award-winning former student Luke Treadaway.

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Luke, a former student of Queen Elizabeth’s in Crediton, walked off with the Best Actor title at the prestigious Olivier Awards this week.

The 28-year-old, who grew up in Sandford, has won rave reviews for his portrayal of an autistic teenager in the hit National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

But the signs were there from his early years. While at QE, he took leading roles in Macbeth and The Threepenny Opera among other productions, as well as playing for the school’s Devon Cup winning rugby team.

Luke and his slightly younger twin brother Harry, who is also an actor, were also big on the local music scene with their band Lizardsun regularly played at Exeter’s Cavern, supporting The Levellers and Toploader.

In the programme for The Curious Incident, Luke credits his former drama teacher at QE, Phil Gasson, as one of his major influences.

His former tutor, maths teacher John Wright, said: “He’s not lost his roots. He was always up for doing stuff. He was and still is hard-working, courteous and generous-spirited.”

This is not Luke’s first success. He was also the original Albert in the National Theatre’s hugely successful production of War Horse and starred alongside his brother Harry as conjoined twins in Brothers of the Head. Meanwhile Harry has been filming The Lone Ranger, the new Johnny Depp film slated for release this August.

Head of expressive arts at QE, Tracey Landles, said: “From the start we knew he had the potential to do well. He and his brother were always driven and highly motivated.

“They are an inspiration to other students at the Queen Elizabeth’s.”

Two weeks ago a group of students from QE went to London to see the play.

Luke took time out between performances to meet them at the stage door and then took them on a behind the scenes tour of the hi-tech set.

Sixth form student Chloe Payne-Cook, student was delighted to see the play. She said. “And it was an amazing portrayal of autism by Luke.”

Source: Express and Echo


Posted on March 13th, 2013 by admin

Luke Treadaway is getting five star reviews for his performance in the adaptation of Mark Haddon’s Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. As Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old with Asperger syndrome, he is said to be superb.

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Comedian Matt Lucas tweeted to him: “…the best play I’ve ever seen. Career-defining performance from Luke Treadaway.” It looks like the 28-year-old has finally shrugged off the shadow of his more famous twin, Harry.

The Treadaway boys were brought up in the “really rural, tiny village” of Sandford in Devon. It was there, playing around in the garden with Harry, the younger by 20 minutes, that first got Luke interested in acting.

Both went on to train at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and were members of the National Youth Theatre. Their first big break came in 2005, when they played conjoined twins in cult film Brothers of Head, whose intense relationship ended in a scene where they kissed.

Up until now, Harry was arguably better known, with roles in Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank and Anton Corbijn’s Control, as well as the slightly less well received Cockneys versus Zombies.

Meanwhile, Luke worked hard in the theatre, appearing as Albert in the original production of War Horse and in Saint Joan alongside Anne-Marie Duff. Both have disproved Harry’s throwaway comment in 2006 that they “might self-destruct by the time we’re 27”. Harry recently said he and Luke are “supportive” of each other, and are no more competitive than other siblings.

He said: “Most people don’t live their lives constantly thinking what their brothers and sisters are doing. If Luke had gone off to become a marine biologist I’d still be here, doing this.”

They’ve gone for the same jobs but Luke says: “There’s no bitterness if one of us gets a job and one of us doesn’t.”

As children they spent a lot of time making up games and when they were 14 they formed a band, Lizardsun, with their older brother, Sam, who is now a multimedia artist. Their father is an architect, their mother a retired primary school teacher who now educates Afghan refugees. Luke’s first role was as a daffodil in the village pantomime, where their father played the big bad wolf.

During their time at the National Youth Theatre they met and became friends with the actors Felicity Jones and Matt Smith. Through them, they met writer Polly Stenham, and Harry had a relationship with her, once saying she is “the most beautiful person in the world”.

Luke has previously been linked to Ruta Gedmintas, his co-star in the film You Instead. They are both friends with the Camden-based band, Tribes, who have been on tour with Azealia Banks. Luke regularly tweets support for them. Keith Fulton, who co-directed the Treadaways in Brothers, said: “One of the great things about the Treadaways is that you throw them a challenge and they come back at you with something brilliant.”

Source: The Standard


Posted on August 13th, 2012 by admin

Luke Treadaway (Attack the Block) stars as the psychologically imbalanced Mix Cellini in new psychological thriller, Thirteen Steps Down.

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Based on the novel from Ruth Rendell, the two-part drama begins at 9pm on Monday 13th August on ITV1 and has been adapted by Adrian Hodges (Survivors, Primeval).

Can you give us a general overview of your character?

“My character Mix has all sorts of interesting behaviours and obsessions. He’s obsessed with cleanliness and tidiness but he’s also harbouring an obsession for the famous model Nerissa Nash played by the lovely Elarica Gallacher. Mix doesn’t believe there’s anything wrong with his interest in Nerissa – in his mind it’s a healthy thing.

“He collects photos of her, he waits outside her house to catch a glimpse of her and he follows her around. He believes that he’s giving her the opportunity to meet him so they can talk and realise they are destined to be together.”

What’s the reason behind Mix’s obsessive behaviour?

“Mix has a complicated past. He suffered at the hands of an abusive father and he therefore has retreated into a world where he is obsessed with violence and crime. He reads books about psychopaths and serial killers and he gets hooked on Dr John Reginald Christie who was a real life serial killer in the 50s. He secreted bodies of the women he killed in his house and garden shed.

“Mix doesn’t believe there’s anything wrong with his interest in criminology, but we have to remember this man is not in a fit bill of mental health and he’s living in an isolated fantasy world. Sadly people do suffer from these conditions but that’s what made it such an interesting part to play. This character had an interesting mind to explore which is what attracted me to the role.”

How far does Mix go with his obsessions?

“His two obsessions collide when Danila comes over to his house for dinner, and says horrible things about Nerissa. He is absolutely enraged by what she’s saying and in a
moment of madness ends up killing her. The only way he can deal with what he’s done is to bury her in his garden taking Dr Christie’s lead. He completely loses touch with
reality from then on and we slowly start to see his mental demise.”

How did you get into that mind-set? Did you read up on Dr Christie?

“I watched 10 Rillington Place and I read about Dr Christie and other serial killers. It was some pretty dark stuff to go through but it was important to know what my character was drawn to so I could better understand him.”

Did you find it draining playing such a dark and intense character?

“I was tired before I’d even started filming because I’d just finished a five week shoot on a film and travelled to Dublin as soon as it had finished and started Thirteen Steps Down the following night. I’m not complaining though, it’s all good and I’m lucky to be working, but I was straight into it.

“It was emotionally draining playing Mix and I did go home feeling like I could sleep forever, but if you come off a pitch having played rugby and you’re not tired and muddy, then you haven’t really done much. It was a satisfying feeling of fatigue.”

Didn’t you dig Danila’s grave yourself?

“Well I just told production to give me the shovel and I’ll do it myself. They were changing things round during the camera set ups and I thought to myself rather than stand around waiting for the next shot to be ready and getting cold I might as well keep myself busy and dig the grave. It’ll hopefully be the only time I ever do it mind you!”

Did you get the chance to explore Dublin?

“There wasn’t much time off, but I did wander into town a few times and I went to see some of the countryside. What I saw of Dublin was really nice but I wish I’d had time to explore a little more.”

What was it like working with Geraldine, Gemma and Anna?

“It was an absolute joy. They are three wonderful, hilarious women and they were great to work with. Anna Calder-Marshall was telling me about working with Laurence Olivier when she was Cordelia to his King Lear, so it was fascinating hearing the stories and working with such experienced people.”

Did you read Thirteen Steps Down and are you a fan of Ruth Rendell’s work?

“I read Thirteen Steps Down but I read it as research for the role and therefore I read it forensically. I was reading it for clues hoping to find things that might be helpful that didn’t make it to the script. I have to admit it’s the only Ruth Rendell book I’ve read and because I was reading with a specific aim in mind I don’t feel very well placed to comment on Ruth’s books or writing. Obviously her books are well loved though, so I hope people will enjoy this adaptation.”

What have you got coming up next?

“There are a few films – Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Wasteland, St George’s Day and then there’s Get Lucky. I’m also rehearsing a play at The National at the moment called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which is on from end of July/early August until October. So it’s a busy time but I’m really enjoying it.

Source:  Cultbox

 


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