OBLIVIOUS SEX SYMBOL GAME FOR A CHALLENGE
The website Tumblr is home to a growing number of pictorial tributes to Tom Hughes and his status as a stone-cold stud.
But the modest British actor, star of the new BBC First drama The Game, is oblivious to the fact he’s become something of a sex symbol since his career began to boom a few years ago.
Hughes, 28, doesn’t even have a Facebook profile.
“Gee, it’s news to me,” he says. “It’s nice to know that things about me are out there. I’m not really a web guy. I had no idea I was all over it.”
For the kid who always dreamt of being an actor, it’s about the quality of the project and the integrity of the story — and Hughes says he found an abundance of both with The Game, set in the 1970s, in which he plays agent Joe Lambe.
“He’s a very challenged character who appears to be one thing on the face of it, a dedicated spy, but deep down is isolated from the world and desperately cold-hearted,” Hughes says.
“We’re all full of lies that we tell each other and ourselves, with contradictions in our personalities. It’s those elements I love delving into.
“That’s actually part of the reason I wanted this role. I want to learn and keep getting better and better as an actor, and stepping outside my comfort zone is the best way to do that.”
As well as an intriguing character, Hughes was attracted to the complex and alluring world of espionage.
“I don’t know if I spent my childhood walking around dreaming of being a spy, but the heightened atmosphere of it all is exciting to explore. Maybe we’ve all got an inner James Bond we want to connect with.”
Some of Hughes’s credits include the film About Time and television series Cemetery Junction and Silk. He’s currently in Spain filming the sci-fi movie Project Lazarus.
He is also recognisable as the face of the Burberry winter fashion campaign alongside fellow actor Emma Watson.
THE GAME, BBC FIRST, MONDAY, 8.30PM