Mark Gatiss: “I Want To Be A Judge On ‘America’s Next Top Model'”

Mark Gatiss in Being Human

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.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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