Arthur Darvill on playing "ambitious, jealous and horny" Bradley Burroughs in The Paradise

"Every part has its challenges and joys, but it's something I really wanted to do after playing such a nice guy for so long", says the former Doctor Who star

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Arthur Darvill on playing "ambitious, jealous and horny" Bradley Burroughs in The Paradise
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Susanna Lazarus

Arthur Darvill was last seen on our TV screens trying to evade Doctor Who's Weeping Angels alongside Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. His appearance in tonight's episode of BBC1 period drama, The Paradise, sees a departure from playing "the nice guy". Ahead of his role, RadioTimes.com sat down for a chat with him about his character Bradley Burroughs, learning how to do a close shave and what it's like to play a pervert.

What can you tell us about your character Bradley Burroughs?

He's a barber with a shop next door to The Paradise which its owner John Moray wants to expand into. 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's been described as a "Geordie pervert"...

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.

He knows something about the mysterious death of Moray's wife, doesn't he?

Yes, he's got some information that could potentially be quite damaging which he considers his trump card. The problem is he thinks he deserves adoration and respect from others - I'm not quite sure how well that works out for him...

He sounds pretty sinister - was it strange to go from playing a much-loved character like Rory Williams in Doctor Who to portraying a villain?

I really like variety in everything I do - I filmed my role fairly soon after Doctor Who finished and it was lots of fun to create a character that was quite far away from myself and to spend time making up this person who isn't that nice. I also had to learn to do a cut throat shave which was pretty nerve-wracking!

Is it the type of role you prefer?

Every part has its challenges and joys, but it's something I really wanted to do after playing such a nice guy for so long.

And finally, if you could describe Burroughs in three words?

Ambitious, jealous... and horny!Arthur Darvill


You can watch Arthur Darvill in The Paradise - tonight at 9:00pm on BBC1

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