Les Misérables

Andrew Davies' six-part adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic 19th century novel, for BBC One

Interview with Josh O'Connor

It’s important to go back to writers like Hugo and Dickens and look at what happens when the 'small people' are forgottenJosh O'Connor
Date: 20.12.2018     Last updated: 20.12.2018 at 10.30
Josh O'Connor plays Marius Pontmercy

Tell us about your character Marius
Marius is a young, upper class French chap. He has this ongoing battle about where he lies politically, and as that’s going on he meets Cosette, whom he discovers is the love of his life. He has to choose between love and his political and social conscience.

Do you think Les Misérables appeals to modern audiences?
There is still so much relevance now. We see the gap between upper and middle classes and the working classes in the UK is growing. We are a generation very much aware of the gaps and failings in society. It’s really important to go back to writers like Hugo and Dickens and look at what happens when the 'small people' are forgotten.