Neil Morrissey feels he has finally been accepted as a dramatic actor
The 54-year-old, who played dopey Tony in the BBC sitcom alongside Martin Clunes, stars in ITV’s new medical drama The Good Karma Hospital and feels he has come a long way.
“We had such a big hit with the comedy that it is difficult to shake off the shackles in terms of what a TV audience expects – and therefore expectations of producers,” Neil, right, told Day & Night.
“Then there are the ones brave enough to give you a chance to play something which has charm and intellect and still has a tongue in the cheek. It’s nice to play both sides of the coin.”
No matter where you are in the world it’s still a job
But Neil – who plays a roguish expat who runs a beach bar, and spent 12 weeks filming the series in Sri Lanka alongside co-star Amanda Redman – still brought the laughs off set.
“No matter where you are in the world it’s still a job,” he said of the drama, set in a South India cottage hospital, which begins tomorrow.
“You’ve still got to get your lines in your head and prepare but you’re in Sri Lanka so you have days off.
“When any new cast member arrived we would tell them which restaurant we were at but we’d say, ‘If you want to go through lines or anything, you’re boring!’ I know from being in a long-running series that when people come in there’s a certain amount of nervousness. So we wanted to have fun.”
Jane Asher famously broke off her engagement to Paul McCartney after catching him in bed with anothe
SHE was very nearly the first Mrs Paul McCartney – she famously broke off their 1960s engagement after catching him in bed with another woman – but Jane Asher has been paying tribute to the man she went on to marry, cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.
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Actor Jane, a remarkably youth-fullooking 70, tells Good Housekeeping that her definition of happiness is: “A quiet night in, watching an old fi lm with a glass of wine and beans on toast; and enjoying the daily cup of tea that’s been brought to me pretty much every morning for 40-odd years by my husband.”
And the woman who inspired many of Macca’s greatest love songs, such as And I Love Her, picks a different musical memory as her favourite.
“Few things in my adult life have quite matched the joy and satisfaction of having tea on my eighth birthday in a Lyons Corner House and the orchestra playing just for me!”
Jane Asher has been paying tribute to husband Gerald Scarfe
IN what must be the best idea for a programme we’ve heard in years Simon Callow takes up the tale of one particular episode of Channel 5’s aptly named new reality series Celebrity Carry On Barging.
The show sees Simon, Nigel Havers, Debbie McGee and Lorraine Chase navigating barges through Britain’s waterways (yes, really!).
And the 67-year-old star describes their hairiest moment. In the programme, beginning on February 10, Simon recalls the aftermath of their barge colliding with a moored vessel: “I heard the sound of crockery, disgracefully hoping that no one was in. Suddenly somebody pops up, a bearded man screaming at the top of his voice, ‘What are you doing to us?’ It was just terrible!
“That’s when you realise that it isn’t just fun on a boat. They live there, it’s their home, it’s their house!” Doesn’t he mean “was”?
Channel 5's Celebrity Carry On Barging sees the stars navigating barges through Britain’s waterways
IF YOU’RE one of the most recognisable faces in pop music you’d better have a good disguise if you want to go incognito.
And Robbie Williams certainly made sure that he wouldn’t be spotted, or get too cold, by wrapping up against the elements for a London bike ride.
He recently spoke of how he wouldn’t be returning to his wild ways – which led to two spells in rehab, in 1995 and 2007 – so we’re sure wife Ayda Field, 37, mother to children Theodora, four, and Charlton, two, will approve of his far healthier pastime.
Robbie Williams at the BBC Electric Proms
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Robbie Williams performs at the BBC Electric Proms
AT first it looked as though Baldrick’s cunning plan was to quiz one of the world’s top bodybuilders on how to beef up his slender frame.
But Tony Robinson, who played Rowan Atkinson’s turnip-loving sidekick in Blackadder, had a far simpler motive when attending the premiere of digital TV station London Real’s documentary on six-time Mr Olympia Dorian Yates: Inside the Shadow.
“It [bodybuilding] is the complete antithesis of my life,” the 70-year-old who, for the record, does not have 22-inch arms, a 55-inch chest and three per cent body fat, told Day & Night:
“I was interested in what Dorian had to say and how he dealt with life. Actually, I had a lot of empathy with him.”