Greg Davies on Man Down, the death of Rik Mayall and losing his real father

Greg Davies was hit by a double shock last year when both his TV dad and then his real dad died – but now he’s back on top

Davies might be the inspiration for Dan, but he says since he became successful he has changed so much –and for the better. “I think you just calm down a little bit. It’s like an addiction. Once you’re getting your fix, you don’t need to be quite so full on. The simple thing that’s changed is that I’m doing what I never believed I’d do this for a living.”

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He says he’s matured, too – even emotionally. When MP Liz Kendall (below) recently announced she would be contesting the leadership of the Labour party, Davies’s personal life was splashed all over the papers – various reports said the two have been in a long-term relationship.

How long has he been with Liz, I ask? “Now you’re not going to like this, but I don’t talk about all that stuff in interviews. I don’t talk about my personal life at all.” It turns out that the couple split up last year. He later tells Radio Times: “We haven’t been together for some time, but it was all very amicable and she is a good friend.”

Davies himself is a Labour voter – another thing he attributes to his father’s influence. He is so glad, he says, that his father was able to see him make something of himself. “Right up to the end when he was very ill and in a wheelchair, he was getting wheeled to my gigs, yeah. I was told from the moment I dared to do this that he was incredibly proud of me.”

But even then, Davies admits, there was a competitive element. “There was a degree of irritation that I was doing what I was doing. He thought he could have done it better, and he was probably right. He was hilarious. I can’t think of anybody who’s made me laugh as much.”

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Man Down returns to Channel 4 tonight (Monday 1st June) at 10.00pm