His big break was as a member of The League of Gentlemen, and he’s become a superstar through his writing and acting for Doctor Who and Sherlock – but Mark Gatiss has picked his recent role in Being Human as his favourite TV work.
Talking to Radio Times magazine for its Olivier Awards special, Gatiss 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.”
Asked which programme he’d like to appear on in the future, Gatiss 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.”
The magazine’s Oliver Awards special – ahead of the prestigious theatre awards, to be handed out this Sunday at the Royal Opera House – talks to TV actors about their experience of transferring their skills to the West End. “It is a cliché, but it is different on stage every night,” Gatiss said. “We did two shows yesterday and each show was different within a day. Sometimes you think the audiences have met up in the pub beforehand and said, ‘Shall we be a bit tricky today?’
“You can never fathom it, why they find one thing hysterical one day and the next it can feel flat. And the ones your friends come to, you always end up wanting to say, ‘I wish you had come yesterday.'”
Gatiss, who is appearing at the Donmar Warehouse until Friday in The Recruiting Officer, said of his current stage role: “It’s a joy. Restoration comedy has no subtext: my name is Captain Brazen, I am brazen. Someone in rehearsals naively said, ‘So where has my character been before this scene?’ The director said, ‘It doesn’t matter.’ Now that is very refreshing.”
See pictures and interviews with Britain’s leading actors – including Joseph Mawle, Russell Tovey, Eve Myles, Celia Imrie, Mackenzie Crook, Anne-Marie Duff, Jessica Raine, Kara Tointon, Tom Chambers, Ben Miller and many more – in Radio Times magazine’s fantastic Olivier Awards special! Also in the new issue: Paul Weller, Jools Holland, Pamela Stephenson, Mary Beard, Clare Balding, Two Greedy Italians and Dara O Briain. In shops now.