Luke Newberry is, for want of a better phrase, hot right now. He’s had huge success in BBC3 zombie drama In the Flesh as Kieren Walker, and has an army of followers. How do we know? Well, he’s doing really rather well in our Radio Times TV Champion 2014 poll. He’s currently locked in a tight battle with The Fall and soon-to-be Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan (you can still vote here by the way).
But what else is there to know about this popular star? We had a little look at where else he’s popped up…
He appeared in Sherlock
Remember that time Sherlock sent Doctor John Watson off to look into a case in A Scandal in Belgravia? Well, the young police officer who greets Watson is none other than Mr Newberry.
He was supposed to be in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Luke Newberry filmed scenes as Teddy Lupin – the son of the late Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks – in the epilogue of the final Harry Potter film. They were eventually cut from the film and unfortunately haven’t made the DVD extras but presumably Teddy would have been seen going off to Hogwarts with Harry, Ginny, Hermione and Ron’s children.
“That was the most exciting week of my life, and to get the chance to play Teddy Lupin was just amazing,” Newberry told Scifinow adding, “I was gutted, and I did feel bad for the fans.
“I always said I’d do anything to be part of Harry Potter even if it meant I was playing a tree somewhere in the background, and I’m in the cast and crew book.”
He gets mistaken for a certain Doctor
When the hunt was on for a new Doctor to replace Matt Smith, Newberry says fans tweeted him suggesting he’d be a good fit. But there’s a previous Doctor Newberry apparently has something in common with. “I get mistaken for David Tennant sometimes, but I don’t see it,” he jokes.
He sat in the dark for about an hour after getting his first Bafta nomination
On his Leading Actor nomination for In The Flesh at this year’s Baftas, Newberry told RadioTimes.com, “It’s insane, overwhelming, it’s a massive honour. I’m here, so it must be happening, but I’m not quite sure it’s real yet.
“I sat in the dark for about an hour. I had to sit in the dark. I don’t know why. I’ve never had to do that before. My phone was going mad with text messages and things. I just had to sit in the dark. And then I danced to some music, I think I danced to Sting. That’s just what happened.”
In fact, you can see him doing a bit of a bop in short Dance For Me
This 2013 short sees Newberry as Rodney, whose afternoon dog walk leads to a bit of dance-based bother in the park…