What are the challenges of going from TV to the stage?
As an actor you have to use different muscles – without sounding too pretentious. Technically your articulation and physicality have to be exaggerated on stage to express the emotions going on, but for TV you have to convey those more subtly, which is actually more of a challenge.
Favourite TV role?
Misfits was very unexpected as I hadn’t done very much television, so it was a huge education. It is great getting to know a character and feeling familiar with them and then, as storylines develop, you discover new sides of them and they grow with you as you get older, so it has been fantastic.
Favourite role on stage?
My first, a beautiful comedy called Brixton Stories, about a guy dying and hallucinating, in which I played lots of different characters appearing to him – a Nigerian jailer, a Brixton drug dealer – it was a lot of fun.
Role you covet on stage?
Something classical that I can really sink my teeth into – Aaron in Titus Andronicus or Hamlet. I could go on…
What led you to acting?
My mum. I think she was a frustrated actress and pushed me to do it but I grew to love it.
Worst moment on stage?
My worst moment was actually on the set of Misfits. We were hanging on hooks in one episode and had harnesses on but I suddenly felt mine break and I made a very unmanly whimpering noise, which the sound man now plays back to everyone on set whenever he’s bored. Your most embarrassing moment being immortalised is pretty awful.
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett recently played Cosmo Disney in The Pitchfork Disney at the Arcola Theatre.
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