Disgraced actor Chris Langham has landed his first role since his arrest for downloading child pornography.
The Thick of It star will appear alongside former Never Mind the Buzzcocks host Simon Amstell in a low-budget British film called Black Pond as a middle-class father whose family are accused of murder when a stranger dies in their house.
“I was just grateful for the opportunity to work. That the script was brilliant and the creative team so talented was an unbelievable bonus,” said Langham in an interview in which he reflected on his exile from our screens.
The film’s directors, Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley, admitted that one reason for casting Langham in Black Pond was the fact that his hiring wouldn’t break the bank, their budget for the entire film being £25,000.
“We thought, ‘Chris is perfect for the part, so why not?’ Presumably he’s not been inundated with offers and he’ll do it for a modest fee,” said Sharpe.
Langham won a Bafta in 2006 for his performance as bumbling government minister Hugh Abbot in the first two series of The Thick of It, but was found guilty on charges of possessing indecent images of children in 2007 and has not worked since.
“If people think I should do longer of not being allowed back in the room, as it were, then that’s not my choice, it’s their choice, and I have to respect it. Some people will think it’s probably not an idea to be in my orbit until the dust settles and it’s all right,” said the actor to Decca Aitkenhead of The Observer.
Black Pond will receive limited theatrical release from 11 November. Here’s the trailer (contains some strong language):
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