The Ri­val


TV Times - - Cover Story - (Josh White­house)

Hugh can’t take his eyes off Demelza

Iplayed eleanor’s brother in the film Al­l­ey­cats, she’s fan­tas­tic to work with, and go­ing on to such a big pro­duc­tion as Poldark, it was nice to have a friend,’ says Josh.

‘When i got the role, i found on­line fo­rums ded­i­cated to my char­ac­ter with peo­ple say­ing: “hugh’s a scoundrel!” it did make me re­think how i was go­ing to play him. in the books, he does seem like a bit of a scoundrel.

‘but there is a mis­un­der­stood part of hugh’s story and so my aim is

to get peo­ple to un­der­stand him and bring some light to him rather than purely see­ing him as a vil­lain. hugh’s a per­son who fol­lows his heart and acts out of love, de­spite the fact that it could be seen as quite con­tro­ver­sial and have se­ri­ous con­se­quences. i hope that comes across.

‘When hugh met demelza at the beach, he was blown away by her. he has never seen a woman like her. they be­come friends, but there is an at­trac­tion and he can’t take his eyes off her, or deny how he feels about her and the way she feels about him. he wants to get it off his chest, but it’s a treach­er­ous game…’

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