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Week­days (*194) 19:30 Soapie

There’s a new face in New­town from Thurs­day 24 Novem­ber on Scan­dal! (2005-cur­rent) screens. We asked Craig Ur­bani (Mickey from soapie Ashes To Ashes, 2015-2016) for the in­side scoop on who Da­mon Brad­bury is and what he’s af­ter…

What does Da­mon’s look say about him?

I love the suits that they’ve put me in. It says that there’s a level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion to him. He’s a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man. He’s not Mr Trendy; he likes to look smart and he’s well groomed. He has some money and he’s done okay.

What did you want view­ers to see dur­ing your first mo­ments on­screen?

First of all you think, “Why is this guy stalk­ing Layla (Natasha Suther­land)?” It’s only stalker-ey in that he’s ob­vi­ously watch­ing her and it looks like there’s some kind of ob­ses­sion. I think it will be a nice twist when view­ers learn what the re­la­tion­ship is. But he mustn’t come across creepy. There must be an al­lure.

So how did you side­step look­ing creepy?

In my cast­ing, one of the briefs I read was that he’s very friendly, he mustn’t look dodgy at all. So I was very friendly! And af­ter­wards, the cast­ing di­rec­tor told me, “Okay, that was creepy.” So I tried to do what I have to of­ten do as an ac­tor (and as a per­son) and that is to do less. I had to keep him low-key.

That im­pres­sion might change when view­ers see him steal some of Layla’s hair on Tues­day 29 Novem­ber…

I think it’s go­ing to put them on the back­foot slightly when they re­alise what he’s done. They are ob­vi­ously go­ing to be a bit wary of him. • Who is this hair-snatch­ing stalker? View­ers won’t have to wait long – the truth comes out in the week start­ing Mon­day 28 Novem­ber. Get guess­ing, Scan­dal! fans. NB! See more on p22

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