Mapp and Lucia star Steve Pemberton frightens his own children with his ghastly look

“It was fun to film like that but it wasn’t fun going home at the weekends and seeing my children run in absolute terror”

Miranda Richardson and Steve Pemberton look a pretty awful sight in the upcoming Mapp and Lucia, BBC1’s adaptation of E F Benson’s stories of small-town social rivals Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Mrs Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas.

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League of Gentlemen star Pemberton (who penned the adaptation) was forced to shave his head monk-style and grow a moustache dyed fox-red while Richardson sports a lot of teeth which she says kept breaking.

For his part Pemberton says he really did frighten the children – his own.

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“It was fun to film like that but it wasn’t fun going home at the weekends and seeing my children run in absolute terror.”


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