Being Human’s Craig Roberts Interviewed
47-year-old-in-a-teenager’s-body vampire Adam is back in next week’s Being Human (WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS)
Next week’s episode of Being Human (Sunday 4 March at 9.00pm on BBC Three and BBC HD) sees the return of Adam, the deceptively youthful vampire previously seen in an episode of season three, as well as red-button spin-off Becoming Human. On-set during the filming of series four, SFX spoke to returning guest star Craig Roberts about returning to Honolulu Heights.
SFX: So, how does Adam come back into the series?
Craig Roberts: “It follows on from Becoming Human, where he’s at the school. Then he runs off with Yvonne, the headmaster [played by Selina Griffiths] to… fuck ‘n’ shit. That’s basically it. They’re on the run. They’ve been outed, him and the teacher, so they run back to the house. And then somewhere down the line he finds out that the lady is [REDACTED FOR SPOILERS], and it’s a big shitstorm. I like Adam, he’s a good character, so I’m really glad to be back and doing it. Well, I had no work, so I had to do it. I’m joking!”
Well, I know that’s not true – you were on the cover of the Independent magazine recently as one of Britain’s 50 up-and-coming young stars.
“Yeah, that’s bullshit. ‘Up-and-coming people’… I didn’t recognise any of them!”
More “50 actors out of work in Britain today”, then?
“That’s what it should have been. Did you recognise the other people on it? I didn’t.”
I was surprised to hear you were returning to Being Human, because Submarine was a massive success. And it did seem like Adam’s story had come to a full stop.
“Yeah I wasn’t meant to come back, I don’t think. Becoming Human had a pretty good response, it did pretty well. But they didn’t think I’d come back. Then I bumped into Toby [Whithouse] at BAFTA and I was like, ‘What are you doing? Have you written the episodes?’ He said, ‘Yeah’ and I said, ‘Am I coming back?’, and he’s like ‘No’, and I was like, ‘You’re a c**t!’ But yeah, I was like, ‘I wanna do it! Bring me back’, so they brought me back, which I’m really happy about. Adam’s just an excuse for me to fuck around, it seems.
How much of it is in the script and how much is just you fucking around?
“There’s a lot of fucking around.”
Funnily enough, I was on set last year when you were filming your first episode, and I was witness to a lot of the fucking around then.
“It’s still going on. Not that I don’t like the script, which is awesome, but it’s cool that you get freedom and all that sort of stuff. I quite like Ricky Gervais, so I use a lot of his mannerisms. People have been saying, ‘You’re just playing David Brent or something – what the fuck are you doing?’ No, I like the character… I just like fucking around, and it’s easy to do it.”
And they allow you a lot of leeway to do that?
“Yeah. I think they trust that I won’t be too ridiculous with it… although I have been too ridiculous with it in this episode! It’s ridiculous. It’s the end of my career.”
There have been big changes to the cast since last year, of course…
“I like the new guys though, they’re very cool – better than the other fuckers! I’m joking.”
I can see the potential for Adam rubbing up against Tom, given that he was brought up to hate vampires – how do they get on?
“They don’t get on very well, actually. There is trouble, but both characters are very quick-witted, so there’s a lot of banter and a lot of back and forth with Michael, which is fun.”
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