No Offence, Channel 4, Wednesday, 9pm
What got you excited about No Offence?
It’s a new genre. In the beginning I was a bit confused by it. I thought this could be brilliant or a car crash.
What is the genre?
It is a jet black comedy; dealing with some heavy and heart wrenching issues.
How close to reality is it?
I spoke to a lot of detectives who said they have to find light in their day, so they would joke about things that other people may find horrific.
I am happy where I am. I like living a bit dangerously
Is leading lady Joanna Scanlan as totally feisty as her character DI Vivienne Deering?
No she is not. She is not very confident; she works very hard at that character. I think she is a genius; she should be nominated for an award. There has not been a female detective lead like her for years.
How would you describe your character, Spike Tanner?
He is emotional and keeps his cards close to his chest. A father of two, Spike especially dislikes people messing with children.
What can we expect from upcoming episodes?
We find out Spike has had a difficult childhood.
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Would you like to be the next Sherlock Holmes?
I am happy where I am. I like living a bit dangerously. No one is safe you don’t know what happens next; we don’t always solve the crime. If the series ended I would be devastated.
Do you watch No Offence every week with the family?
I watch it with my wife – she is a good judge.
You have been in EastEnders, Line of Duty and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps – what’s your preferred role?
I am moving forward in my career and looking for new challenges so I don’t have a favourite; it’s just about the script.
Line of Duty or No Offence?
They are very different. Line Of Duty was incredible and nobody was safe in that, it was sad I was killed off.
Could you see yourself as a policeman?
At school I never liked a bully, and I was not good at exams. I like doing something different every day, so the police force would suit me.
Do you fancy making films?
There are a couple of films I am interested in acting in. I’d like to do more action stuff.
Has your acting changed since you have become a dad?
I cry a lot, I am more emotional. I find it easier to connect to that side of me.
No Offence, Cannel 4, Wednesday, 9pm