Arthur Darvill has never been more in demand as an actor. Call it the Doctor Who effect. On that landmark, 50-year-old sci-fi series, Darvill played the bumbling yet surprisingly heroic Rory Williams opposite on-screen bride Karen Gillan and show lead Matt Smith. Gillan and Darvill both left in 2012, with Smith announcing his departure a few months ago. (Check out our interview with Darvill about Matt’s decision.)
Leaving a solid, dependable franchise can be daunting, but all three are making seamless transitions to life after Who. Gillan and Smith both shaved their heads for high-profile movie gigs, while Darvill has nabbed roles in the British miniseries The Paradise and The White Queen, as well as a part as a man of the cloth on the suspenseful and acclaimed ensemble drama Broadchurch, which makes its BBC AMERICA bow tonight (August 7) at 10/9c.
Now the actor/singer/guitarist made his way from Broadchurch to Broadway, starring as an Irish songwriter who makes a chance connection with a Czech woman (Joanna Christie) in the Tony-winning Once the Musical.
BBC AMERICA recently chatted with Darvill about why he hasn’t done many musicals before, why New Yorkers have it pretty good, and what it was like performing at the Tony Awards in front of star-studded audience. Watch the interview below.
Arthur on auditioning for Once
Arthur on living in New York for a year
Arthur on performing at the Tonys