However, the assumption that his father gave him an “unfair leg-up” in his television career is one that unsettles Whitehall. “That needles me,” he admitted. “The idea that I got to where I am because of my dad is the one that hurts the most.
“It’s an easy way to dismiss everything, any ability or hard work, in one fell swoop.”
Whitehall will star in Decline and Fall alongside Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria; the series begins on BBC1 at 9pm on Friday 31 March.
Read the full interview with Jack Whitehall in the new issue of Radio Times magazine, available in shops and on the Apple Newsstand from Tuesday 21 March 2017