There’s a very strong force in Tolkien’s characters.
Give me a character that has an heroic quality, and I’ll go there.
I have a bit of pride, which is always my downfall.
I am just not a water baby. I can swim, but I just don’t.
I read everything that Tolkien wrote, and also read biographies of him. I was fascinated by his experiences in World War I, which includes the loss of life of some of his very, very close friends. I think he writes about that a lot in ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’
I’m probably not very good at rom-com, being funny on demand; I’ll leave that to the comedians.
Tolkien was, I believe, writing about his experience in the First and Second World Wars, where he would have spent a lot of time without any female contact. He was part of the fellowship of men who went to war, and I think, really, that’s what he’s writing about.
I kind of got lost down a road of TV and film, so it’s great to come back to theatre.
When you already have a following, people are more likely to employ you.
I was an estate agent for three years. That was pretty grim.
I’ve never been that cute kid that was forgiven for being naughty.