The BBC have just announced the news–Mammoth Screen have offered me a cameo in their new production of Poldark.
Poldark has brought much joy to my life–I’ve often called them Poldark Perks–which doesn’t do them justice.
It continues to deliver.
I am delighted to be invited to play a role in the new venture which has got off to a flying start with superb scripts from Debbie Horsfield (I have just finished reading them) and a tremendous first tranche of principal casting.
I am cast as Dr. Halse–the clergyman with whom Ross shares the coach on his journey home to Nampara from Truro in the opening scene of the first series. Back then, a benign figure–in the new series he comes over as rather less so!
I fear I’ll be exchanging the marvelous leather coat and boots for drab, black church cloth and a sneer.
Joining the Cornish establishment that Ross so despises (though he was born into it) will be a challenge!
Joining the new Poldark will be exciting–but also poignant for me, bringing back many wonderful memories of 40 years ago.
Not least in my mind will be fellow members of the original cast–especially those no longer with us: the beloved Angharad Rees, Ralph Bates, Richard Morant, Frank Middlemas, Paul Curran and Mary Wimbush.
I’ll be there for their memory–and for the late Winston Graham–as well as for the intriguing prospect of acting with the new cast to help bring this wonderful saga to a new audience.