Why Cuffs star Jacob Ifan is one to watch

The 22-year-old Welsh actor has come fresh out of drama school to play PC Jake Vickers — but his co-star Ashley Walters reckons he's soon going to be a household name...

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You probably don’t know who Jacob Ifan is – but there’s a good chance you soon will. Ifan’s first ever TV or film role launched him straight into primetime BBC1 on Wednesday night as PC Jake Vickers, one of the stars of new cop show Cuffs. And his co-star Ashley Walters is predicting a big future for him – at least with the ladies…

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“Every day we were on set I said to him ‘you know when this goes out you’re going to be on most girls’ walls’. But the best thing about him is that he’s very humble. He’s not interested in the trappings of fame – at least not yet!”

Welsh-speaking Ifan, 22, was recruited to the BBC1 cop drama, which starts tonight, straight from drama school.  Walters says they clicked instantly.

“He came in looking like Bob Dylan and I thought ‘you already look iconic’. We did a lot of ‘chemistry’ reads together and we just cooked from day one.”

The pair buddy up on screen with Walters’ character showing the rookie cop the ropes. An off-screen bromance has blossomed as well.

“At the moment he’s one of my best friends,” says Walters. “We talk most days and I think he will handle the pressure. When I work with actors like Jacob who is fresh to the business you remember how it’s meant to be – it brings you back and inspires you. Don’t tell him, but I took a lot of his energy…..”

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Cuff starts on Wednesday 28th October at 8pm on BBC1