Noel Clarke "never" expected to play a character like DC Martin Young.

Noel Clarke

Noel Clarke

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 "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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