The star of the spy series reveals five secrets from the set Richard Armitage
1 My character Daniel Miller is a CIA agent who’s in Berlin on a mission to find a whistleblower. He immerses himself in the city – and so did I. I rented a flat in the centre for the six-month shoot and bought a bike to get around, too.
Daniel is from the US so I would slip into an American accent on the way to filming and keep it up for the day – although spending hours with my co-star Rhys Ifans, who has a strong Welsh accent, was distracting! 3 If I needed reminding of Berlin’s violent past, I spoke to crew members who lived in communist East Berlin before the wall came down. Their experiences were shocking. They put into perspective the freedom Miller fights for – it’s so precious.
I used to laugh at the technology in Spooks, where I played spy Lucas North. Iris scanners, facial
recognition – it was like science fiction. On this show, I had a wry smile – all that stuff was used by us too.
Miller gets shot in episode one, then the story goes back in time. In the finale, we discover what happens. We filmed two endings, one where he dies and one where he lives – I didn’t know which would be shown at the time. Reading the final script to find out his fate was so tense.
Richard (back) as Daniel