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True Dare Kiss 
Brendan Coyle plays Kaz

True Dare Kiss

Brendan Coyle plays Kaz (forties)

Kaz Sweeney is Beth's (Lorraine Ashbourne) husband and Georgie (Carlton Dickinson) and JJ's (Elliott Tittensor) father.


Blinded in a football fight at a Liverpool away game, Kaz can't see anything that Beth does, but he's got a pretty good idea what's going on. Kaz loves Beth but she's so out of control he's had to become deeply philosophical (Beth calls him "Obi Wan").


The great nephew of Manchester United legend Sir Matt Busby reveals why it was a dream to be cast in a drama which brought him to the gates of his beloved Old Trafford.


"True Dare Kiss is like nothing I've never seen before," says the former Rockface star. "Rooted in a trilogy of plays by Debbie (Horsfield), it's edgy, bold and a bit twisted, and I really like that. There's no formula that it's trying to fit into; it's daring and very confident about where it is.


"I play Kaz, who is blind. He was blinded as a result of an act of violence when he was 18-years-old. He is a good guy and is well adjusted to his disability. He is a great father to the kids, who he loves very much, and he adores his wife Beth (Lorraine Ashbourne).


"I was very nervous about playing a blind character because it's not something I'd done on camera before, although I have done it on stage at the Almeida. The producer (Marcus Wilson) and writer (Debbie Horsfield) put me in touch with someone who works for the Lancet, and there was also a blind man from Bolton who I spent some time with.


"It was great because he was a role model for me. What struck me about him wasn't his disability, but his ability and optimism, and the way he'd adjusted to it. He'd become blind in his adult life and he has a great style and poise about him. I kind of based the physicality of the Kaz on him.


"It's very trying being married to someone like Beth because of what's happening to her at this time," continues the actor.


"The drama hits the ground running. Beth's killing herself effectively; she's drinking and smoking very heavily, and she's emotionally out of control. So, he's troubled. He's worried about her, and worried about his kids.


"The marriage is at the end of the line. But she's still the woman that he fell in love with – a woman with a great heart – someone who is very funny and great to be with, but it's a very troubled time for both of them.


"I am completely in awe of Lorraine," continues Brendan. "I think she is fantastic. She doesn't pull any punches in playing the very dark side of her character. The character is borderline alcoholic, who is very aggressive and nasty, and doesn't hold back from that at all.


"Yet, by the end of the first episode, she makes you laugh, cry, and makes you care. And, in the face of all that, I think it's an incredible achievement. I think she's a great actor.


"I always try to get up to United whenever I can," Brendan continues. "United is simply one of the great loves of my life, one of my passions, so it was great to go to Old Trafford to film – it was just a joy.


"My granny's brother, my mum's uncle, was Sir Matt Busby. I was very close to my granny as she brought me up. We saw quite a lot of him when we were growing up, but not so much when he got older."



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