A prince among men
For fans of ITV’S Victoria, he’s heartthrob Prince Albert, but to Tom Hughes’ mates – and girlfriend Jenna Coleman – he’s just one of the lads in the pub
He’s TV royalty, but you’ll find Tom Hughes in the pub, says Rosie Green
Iarrive at Red’s photo shoot to find all eyes (especially the female ones) fixated on Tom Hughes. He is behind a large white screen being snapped, but his face appears 3ft-wide on the monitor. Staring out from it are the intense blue eyes and chiselled cheekbones that first enraptured world-renowned photographer Mario Testino, then a raft of casting agents and now the women of the UK. His mere presence raises the already sweltering temperatures in the room (we’re mid heatwave in July).
Moments later, Hughes, 32, comes off-set dressed in a grey jumper, looking cool, literally and metaphorically, in that classic off-duty actor way. He is engaging and friendly, immediately coming over to say hello, ignoring my proffered hand for a kiss on the cheek. His voice has a gentle Cheshire lilt. He seems like a Genuinely Nice Man.
We walk to a pub at the end of the street. He buys us shandies and an extra Coca-cola for him (no green juices here), turns off his phone when we talk and ignores the time limit set by his agent (we run half an hour over). He does not give the impression there is somewhere else he’d rather be (even though I’m sure there is).