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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