Arthur Darvill Describes New TV Role as ‘Ambitious, Jealous, Horny’

Arthur Darvill in The Paradise

It’s kind of fitting that Arthur Darvill, last seen vanishing off into the past after being touched by a Weeping Angel, should reappear in a BBC costume drama set firmly in the olden days. He makes his first post-Whovian appearance on British screens tonight, as part of the BBC show The Paradise, about a department store with ideas above its station.

Arthur’s character, Bradley Burroughs, runs the barber shop next door (which meant Arthur had to learn how to do a close shave with a cut-throat razor), and finds the aspirational aura of the shops to be quite a thrill, not to mention the ladies that visit it. And when John Moray, the owner, approaches him to buy out the barbers so the shop can expand, Bradley feels his time has come.

Explaining his character to the Radio  Times, he said:  “I think he’s quite a jealous person – there are all these fine well-to-do people and lovely ladies passing by his business and he wants to be a part of that, but morally he’s got a few issues and will do anything to elevate his station.”

He went on to define Bradley as being ambitious, and jealous “… and horny!”

Mind you, Arthur is at pains to say he doesn’t believe his character is perverted, just over-eager: “I don’t think he’s quite a pervert – he just loves the ladies and thinks they’re going to love him back. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, it’s just misguided. He thinks he deserves everything he wants – and maybe he does – but he doesn’t know the right way to go about it.”

Here’s a series trailer for The Paradise, although sadly Arthur’s turn is not featured:

Fraser McAlpine

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