Noel Clarke "never" expected to play a character like DC Martin Young.
The 'Viewpoint' actor has opened up about his detective alter ego in the upcoming five-part ITV thriller, and he suggested no one "ever believed" he could play someone like the introverted character.
He told RadioTimes.com: "One of the reasons that really attracted me to the part [was that] there was a stillness, and a real calm about the writing.
“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].”
The 45-year-old star noted he actually called for Young to have fewer lines to emphasise his "stillness".
He explained: "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 admitted the opportunity to play someone so different to himself was key to taking on the role.
He added: "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 what I am. So yeah.”
'Viewpoint' sees Noel starring as a detective setting up an observation post in the house of a single mum played by 'Black Mirror' actress Alexandra Roach.
This gives him a direct sightline into the nearby home of a missing woman, where she lives with her partner.
The cast also includes 'Informer' star Fehinti Balogun, Coronation Street's Catherine Tyldesley and 'The Fall' actress Bronagh Waugh.
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