M: Do you still feel you’ve got your feet pretty
firmly placed? You're not going to get all lovey and in need of
a good slap?
C: I hope not. I’m pretty sure I’m working on level
Earth at the moment and I think working at UCI helps with that.
It’s mundane stuff – I wash up, I clean the floors, I clear up sick
after small children. It’s kinda handy and they treat me like a
M: Come December we dispel the magic of Hogwarts
and create the magic of panto at Norwich’s Theatre Royal. That’s
going to be a bit of a jump isn’t it?
C: It’ll be tiring, but fun. I’ve never done panto
before. It’s Jack and the Beanstalk and I’m playing the King’s valet,
who presumably because he’s the King’s valet he’s a good guy.
The baddy then comes along and hypnotises him and
turns him into a nasty guy which could be incredibly good fun. I’ve
always wanted to play a bad guy.
M: In the run up to all of this, it was the
C: Yeah, I joined Dereham Operatic Society Youth
Theatre Company and Northgate High School at the same time in 1995
so I’ve always been doing two musicals a year and play with them
until last year when I left.
I suppose Dereham is well renowned for it’s drama
and Northgate is well known throughout Europe for it quality.
M: What happens next for you?
C: I don’t know. My agent says the next stage is
theatre school, but it’s catch 22 really. You
can’t get jobs in decent stage shows or theatre companies unless
you’ve had proper classical training.
Brushing up on the plot
They won’t take for training unless you can give
100% of your time for three years and I can’t do that at the moment
as I’m contracted for whatever Warner Brothers want me to do with
Harry Potter for however long it takes.
If anything else comes along in the meantime, all
M: What would you like to do next?
C: I’d like to do some stage work, proper stage
work, I don’t count panto. I’d like to do a bit of classical theatre.
Shakespear, Ibsen, Checkhov – that kind of thing, a bit of comedy
and professional musical stuff.
I’d like to do some more films, but normal –not
quite so huge. Something British and low budget would be nice. I
don’t know what the attraction is, I just like it.
M: Finally Chris, what do you like about living
C: I like it as it’s quiet, there’s not much to
do but it’s quiet, it’s nice, secluded. When we’re filming I go
down and spend five days in a hotel in London, it’s very loud and
It’s nice just to come home, have a cup of tea
and put your feet up. It’s just a nice place really.
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