Poldark’s lat­est vil­lain

Chris­tian Brass­ing­ton on step­ping into Christo­pher Big­gins’ shoes as Poldark’s vil­lain­ous vicar

TV Times - - My Tv Week - Sarah Sel­wood

DRAMA Poldark sun­day / bbc1 / 9.00Pm

To fans of the orig­i­nal Poldark se­ries, Rev Os­borne Whit­worth was the man they loved to hate.

So, when Chris­tian Brass­ing­ton was cast as the wicked, sex-crazed vicar, he knew he had a mam­moth chal­lenge ahead, not least be­cause his pre­de­ces­sor, Christo­pher Big­gins (see our in­ter­view be­low), made the char­ac­ter so loath­some and larger-than-life.

‘The chil­dren of the au­thor, Win­ston Gra­ham, who wrote the nov­els, are in­volved in this se­ries and are pals with Christo­pher,’ says Chris­tian, 34, in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with TV Times. ‘That makes for a lot of pres­sure, try­ing to mea­sure up to the man voted most hated man on TV and the na­tional trea­sure that is Christo­pher Big­gins.’

In­deed, but there’s no dis­put­ing the fact he’s do­ing a grand job fill­ing flam­boy­ant Ossie’s breeches since mak­ing his de­but in episode four.

Thank­fully, Chris­tian is noth­ing like the rev­erend: he’s down-toearth and funny. Here, he re­veals why play­ing Ossie was a weighty task, in more ways than one…

Why did the role ap­peal to you? Ossie is a treat to play be­cause he’s a man of huge ap­petites in all as­pects, some­one who is larger than life – and also larger in life!

View­ers might think Ossie’s a com­edy char­ac­ter, but, now he’s hitched to lovely Mor­wenna, this week he’ll show his true colours… I hope peo­ple have thought he’s a bit ridicu­lous and a buf­foon. And then – I can’t say too much – but I hope the pay-off will be great…

How did you find film­ing with El­lise Chap­pell (Mor­wenna)?

It was great, but oc­ca­sion­ally tricky when I had to be mean to her, be­cause she’s lovely. Af­ter­wards, I would say: ‘I didn’t mean it!’ Are you ready for the dis­ap­proval you might get on the street?

Ha! I look very dif­fer­ent from when we filmed it as I’ve lost weight and I’ve got a beard now. So I don’t know if peo­ple will spot me, which might save me from get­ting booed and hissed at. But if that does hap­pen, it’s a great com­pli­ment.

Could you han­dle be­ing named the most hated man on tele­vi­sion, like Christo­pher was? It’s much more fun play­ing a bad­die, and if I’m be­stowed with that ac­co­lade, it’ll be lovely – but no one can com­pete with Big­gins!

How did you put on two stone in weight for the role?

I should have done it in a health­ier way, but it was ice cream, lager, red meat and pota­toes. I also drank lots of pro­tein shakes and did big weights in the gym. Putting it on was easy; it’s the los­ing it that’s the prob­lem. It’s much eas­ier to sit eat­ing a burger than to go for a run.

Do you like Ossie’s colour­ful and flam­boy­ant cos­tumes?

I re­ally do. There’s a floor-length, silky dress­ing gown, which I ab­so­lutely love, be­cause it’s so over­the-top and gaudy. For Ossie to have such a grand wardrobe is nice, be­cause we haven’t seen that with the male char­ac­ters be­fore. Ev­ery item of Ossie’s cloth­ing is slightly too small for me, to help ac­cen­tu­ate my curves, shall we say. Any­one within a two-me­tre ra­dius of me was al­ways in dan­ger of los­ing an eye from a but­ton fly­ing off! POLDARK Is PRE­VIEWED ON pages 44-55

True colours: Now wed to Mor­wenna, Ossie’s odi­ous real char­ac­ter is re­vealed Loath­some and louche: The rak­ish Rev­erend Whit­worth

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.