Noel Clarke has revealed he "never" thought he'd get to play a character like DC Martin Young, the lead role in ITV thriller Viewpoint.


In the upcoming five-part series, Clarke's detective character is part of a tense, time-sensitive police surveillance investigation into a tight-knit Manchester community.

Clarke (Bulletproof, Doctor Who) told and other press that the introverted DC Martin Young was unlike any role he'd played previously – and that in the past, no one "ever believed" he could play a role like Young.

"One of the reasons that really attracted me to the part [was that] there was a stillness, and a real calm about the writing," he said. "I was just like, 'I've never had this opportunity to play a role like this'. And furthermore, I don't think anyone believed or has ever believed that I could do a role like this, in all honesty. So it was, you know, it was sort of a no brainer for me [to accept the part]."

Clarke added that he even advocated for his character to have fewer lines in the scripts, in order to emphasise the detective's "stillness".

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"I kept saying, 'We should have less lines, give him less lines', you know, partly because I was like, 'Great I'm going to be sitting down', but obviously it was also because I just loved the character so much and... the stillness and the thought and everything he goes through that you [as an actor] have to try and convey with your eyes. You know, I don't usually get that chance."

He continued: "So I really wanted to do it, and as I said, if you know me in real life, [DC Martin Young is] the complete polar opposite of of what I am. So yeah."

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Noel Clarke in Viewpoint (ITV) ITV

In Viewpoint, Clarke co-stars alongside the likes of Alexandra Roach (No Offence, Black Mirror), Fehinti Balogun (Informer), Catherine Tyldesley (Coronation Street), and Bronagh Waugh (The Fall).

In the series, Clarke plays a detective setting up an observation post in the home of a single mum (Roach), giving him a direct sightline into the home of a missing woman, which she shares with her boyfriend.

Want more show content? You can read our spoiler-free Viewpoint review of the whole series or our Viewpoint episode one recap here.


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