Monarch of the Glen star Alastair MacKenzie has said that he won’t be able to watch himself play the British lover of the Danish Prime Minister in hit Danish import Borgen
McKenzie stars as architect Jeremy Welsh who becomes the lover of Birgitte Nyborg Christensen played by Sidse Babett Knudsen in the drama in what is an echo of the private life of the real Danish PM who is married to a Brit.
In an interview with today’s Times newspaper Mackenzie said that he won’t be able to watch the scenes in series three of the drama which is currently due to air on BBC4 in November. But he added that his wife, actress and Trainspotting star Susan Vidler who is a fan of the show, will.
“I can’t watch,” he said. “I’m no good at watching myself. But my wife loves Borgen. She will watch her husband getting off with the Danish Prime Minister. Which won’t be weird at all.”
Mackenzie admitted that his casting was an obvious echo of Denmark’s real-life “First Man” – Stephen Kinnock, the son of the former Labour leader Lord Kinnock who is married to the Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
However as series III opens Knudsen is no longer PM and is engaged in work as a businesswoman.
In the drama Mackenzie says he spoke only English so has not been required to learn any Danish. However he said he found kissing Knudsen, who has a loyal male following, was “great”.
Mackenzie, 42, is best known for playing Archie in the BBC1 series Monarch of the Glen but will also be seen playing Colonel Edward Hillingdon in this Sunday’s Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery on ITV1.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.