Hello Tyger! Tell us about Death in Paradise I play a character called Ryan who’s 16. Basically, my dad has uprooted me from my life in England and dragged me over to this boring little island and I don’t really like it very much. I’ve got no friends and I’m a bit bored. I kind of resent him for that. The episode opens with us doing a reenactment of the first European settlers settling in the island that I now live on – and that’s when the murder takes place. EVERYONE is in the picture. Are you good at figuring out mysteries? Well, the thing is, when you read the script, you know, because you have a script. But when it’s on TV, it’s shown in a way that the audience will find tough to work out. There’s lots of twists and turns… That’s Tyger Drew-Poirot to us, then? I’m more of a Sherlock Holmes. Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed him so well and as cool, and he’s such a matted character. I’d actually love to give him a go. How was filming in the Caribbean? It was absolutely fantastic! To get a phone call and be told you’ve got three weeks in the Caribbean. Especially because I was only working for like eight days. Most of the time out there I was just sat on the beach. And even when I was filming there was a lot of hanging around, when you can just go and sit on a rock and dangle your toes in the sea! And because it’s filmed there for like six months a year, and it’s such a small island, everyone on the island knows what Death in Paradise is, so it’s really welcoming. Did you let your hair down? There was one time we went to a Full Moon Party with the crew and we partied all night! I was dancing and everyone knew everyone on the island; all my new Caribbean friends. The Full Moon one was literally just an all night party on the beach with dancing and lasers and stuff. Then there was a beach party at this five star hotel, but it was really expensive for a table, so ten of us all chipped in and got champagne. We watched all these big jiggly Caribbean bums bouncing everywhere.
What was the reaction like to your porn documentary last year? The porn series was very well received, I think a lot of people learned from it. It’s something that’s been associated with me for a long time now, with my parents being in porn. To be honest, I think people were just surprised that I had porn star parents and turned out OK. You know, I’m not a scum bag. Did you get naked yourself? There was one episode where I had a back, sack and crack, and in the commentary I say, ‘Oh God, I can’t imagine what everyone is tweeting right now!’ I was looking at the tweets and they were like, ‘Did I just see Tyger’s anus?!’ What’s new in 2015, Tyger? I’ve just started doing a new series, and the first one is going to be about youth sexuality, because we’re the first generation with more freedom to explore our sexuality and call ourselves something other than gay or straight. I’ve got my new series of Tyger Takes On coming up and – fingers crossed – we might have another series of Cuckoo.
GT chats with teen sitcom actor and son of porn stars, Tyger Drew-Honey, as he joins exotic whodunnit Death in Paradise
Death in Paradise with Tyger Drew-Honey airs 22 Jan, 9PM, BBC One, @tyger