MATT King had a history of playing crazies ( remember Peep Show, Skins, RocknRolla ) and seemed an unlikely choice to be Claudia Karvan’s soul mate Henry Mallet in Spirited – particularly when his on-screen love was once wed to hottie Rodger Corser. King’s back for another season and spoke to Dianne Butler about the joy and pain of playing a ghost. Q. Spirited is a great show . . . but sometimes it’s so sad!
A. Definitely. Particularly by episode two. There are several sad episodes but that’s the really sad one, I think, when Suzy ( Karvan) just can’t see Henry. Q. Have you been a romantic lead in anything before?
A. Never. Ever, ever, ever. I’ve done freaks and weirdos and drug-using musos – Henry’s all of that as well – but I’m never ever the romantic lead. It’s one of the main things that made me want to do this in the first place. It’s a rare opportunity. It’s usually the Rodger Corsers who get the gal. Q. And you also get to sing. Henry was in a punk band before he died. Do you do your own singing?
A. I do, yeah. I’ve recorded a couple of songs for this series, series one I did three songs . . . and I’ve recorded a couple of ballads for this series. I’m no singer but what you see is me. Q. Do you think there’ll be a third season?
A. I really, really hope so. I put my hand up and said I will definitely come back for another series. Jump at the chance . . . I just love the job. It’s my favourite job that I’ve done probably. Q. You came to acting late.
A. Yeah, I did. I dreamed of being an actor as a child. I used to just absolutely love being in school plays, dressing up, getting to be someone else, then I kind of left school, ended up on building sites, labouring for years, then I became a chef. I’d kind of forgotten all about it. But once I started to do stand-up, I started to see that was a good apprenticeship to learning the skills you needed as an actor. It’s a really good place to learn performance and losing inhibitions and being brave and all the things I think you need to be an actor. I don’t think you need to go to drama school; I think you need to do stand-up.