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The actor and writer Mark Gatiss has taken many cruel and strange roles in his time – a veterinarian who accidentally kills all of his patients in The League of Gentlemen, a professor who creates an age-reversing machine in Doctor Who, the coldly calculating Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock – but there’s one job he has his eye on which would take him to a whole new level of dark malevolence.
Asked by Radio Times magazine to name the programme he would most like to work on, he immediately replied “America’s Next Top Model. I am obsessed with it. The next cycle is called The British Invasion. I don’t know what they are doing but I want to be a guest judge on it.”
Can you imagine strutting your stuff in front of that sour face? The only catwalk you’d want to be on is one pointing a very long way away, with a moving walkway running down the middle of it.
Mark also spoke about the joy of taking a role as the leader of the ‘old ones’ in BBC America’s supernatural thriller Being Human, which is, of course, where this picture comes from.
He said: “I’ve just played the chief vampire in Being Human and I said to the director: ‘I have to say I think I have waited all my life to play this part.’ Because when I was a little boy I used to re-create Christopher Lee’s death scenes from Dracula. I felt like I had come home. I don’t think I have ever had so much fun in my life.”
And you can see the despotic results of all of this fun this Saturday at 9/8c on BBC America.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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