Katherine Ryan’s new Netflix sitcom The Duchess came out today. I did a day on the show last year, and had a great time on set, as well as reading in a load of characters at the readthrough. Katherine is great, Toby the director was also lovely, and I have to thank Catherine Willis yet again for bringing me in the room. Unfortunately a few months ago I received a lovely email from Gavin the producer explaining that they’d had to cut my scene in half for run time, and therefore my dialogue had had to go. Obviously it’s a shame, but these things happen. Anyway, you can actually still see me sat in the audience in the scene above (which is in episode 3), so if you catch sight of me and think I’ve taken up background/SA work, now you know! My character was called Ted by the way. Maybe he’ll get another chance to appear!
Very happy to be in the new series of Idris Elba’s In The Long Run sitcom on Sky. Here’s a still from my scene as “Parent” – a breakout role I think you’ll agree – which I believe is my first time rapping on camera, or indeed at all. Had a great time hanging out with Jimmy Akingbola and Steve Furst on set, and I got to meet the big man himself and Bill Bailey at the table reads.
Last year I was asked to read in various characters at the tableread for new Dawn French comedy drama The Trouble with Maggie Cole. I had a great time and it was a dream come true to work with Dawn who was lovely. Ultimately they gave me some voice roles on the show which was a radio DJ in the first episode and a bloke on the phone in Episode 4. The whole series is available on ITV Hub for another few days.
Monday 11th November 2019 will now most likely be remembered across the globe as the day “Bellend Tattoo” was released as a single on limited edition 3.5inch floppy disk, the s/t debut album it’s taken from was re-released on cassette for the first time, but also a brand new track, “Let’s Turn Down The Heat (on the thermostat)” off the next album, is released on clear 7 inch lathe cut vinyl! Oh my goodness. And hang on… there’s a new music video for “Bellend Tattoo” out as well! Right here…
Christ we’ve also got a gig coming up – Friday 15th November at the Apple Tree in Crawley. Free entry! Details here.
I’ve known Ben Green for a few years now: we met on set of Alan Carr’s Summer Specstacular, and he starred in my You Took My Stuff video. He’s about to star in Gold sitcom The Cockfields with Joe Wilkinson and Diane Morgan. Now it looks like we’re doing a live thing together! Well I have to capitalise on his impending stardom don’t I? We’re planning on getting some stuff out there very soon! I’m posting this so we actually have to do it!
Things are looking very exciting for Criminal Audition it would appear: the film is premiering at Frightfest on Saturday, has been getting some nice reviews and even featured on some “must see” lists.
Sight & Sound have featured us as one of “10 human horror highlights”, and Entertainment Focus include us in their “10 hidden gems” list. Also how can I not mention this review by Nerdspan who say: “Most of this feels centred on the hapless William, who clearly becomes more out of his depth as the night progresses. Luckily, Rich Keeble does a great job with this and holds it all together as a focal point, while the world around William falls apart. Alongside him, Luke Kaile’s Ryan is pretty much the moral centre, compared to the rest, and is a nice foil for William. This pair are great throughout and make a very likable double act“. Isn’t that lovely? Makes a nice change from being trolled on Twitter about Topcashback!
Tickets to see the film on Saturday at the Prince Charles Theatre, Leicester Square are available here. Sadly I can’t be there this time but this is a great film despite me being in it and I’d love you to see it. If you haven’t seen the trailer check it out here.
Last weekend I had a lot of fun at the University of Hertfordshire/Hertfordshire Law School roleplaying the defendant in a series of mock trials for the The National Criminal Advocacy Competition. We had 4 trials on the Saturday, each with a prosecution and defence counsel team (obviously I guess) who were assessed (by real judges) on their actual case and performance etc but also how they dealt with witnesses (including me). The final was on Sunday afternoon with the same case, but with us playing our characters differently to spice things up. Met some lovely people, including the ultimate winners Annie Lenton and Jack Moore of Nottingham Law School – in the photo above – who defended me in the final and got recognition for dealing with my particularly hard to handle character who at one point started shouting from the dock! Some cool photos by Pete Stevens/Creative Empathy below:
I was very happy to hear that Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back was commissioned for a full series, because I worked on the non-TX pilot back in March 2018! Tommy Forbes – a director I’ve worked with on many occasions now – asked me to be in a hidden camera VT, so I played a Satanist called Phil who had supposedly booked a room with his husband…. somewhere…. and they planned on sacrificing their cat, doing a lot of chanting, and asked some very awkward questions of the poor reception staff. It was all rather fun, and Joe is lovely.
Check this baby out! Looks who’s on a film poster! Shot at the tail end of 2017, this darkly comic/crime thriller premiered last week and boy it turned out good! Packed Prince Charles cinema in Leicester Square, great reaction, great vibes. My wife managed to give birth to our second daughter early so I could go (the due date was actually the date of the premiere), and even though I’m in the film A LOT, I don’t think I ruined it so I’m very happy. Hopefully you can see it soon! x