Happy New Year everyone!
There’s a brand new trailer that’s just been released for Lucky Man. Look sharp at around 30 seconds in and you’ll get your first glimpse of Pottsy. You’ve gotta be quick though. :)
Filming MIDSOMER MURDERS was a magical experience for actor Andrew-Lee Potts.
“I play Gideon Latimer who is a bit like a British David Blaine. He is a successful illusionist and does close up magic as well. He’s a kind of dark, mysterious magician. I was taught some magic by a very cool magician and he showed me card handling. I had to learn that quite quickly to make it look as if I had been doing it for years.
“I also got involved in the bigger illusions and stunts and it was very interesting to film. In one scene Gideon does a trick which looks like he walks through a mirror. We took a whole day to perfect it and it looks amazing. I found it all quite interesting – I’m a guy who always likes to make an entrance!”
Gideon has recently bought a large manor house in Midsomer, where he spent time as a child. Explains Andrew: “He left a long time ago but now he’s trying to ingratiate himself with the key pillars of the community. He is very wealthy already but he wants a bigger name. He gets off on the whole spectacle of it. His father was a magician but not very successful so he is trying to prove a point to his mother and to himself.
“It’s a family business – his wife is one of his assistants and his mother is always there.”
The role was one Andrew really enjoyed. “It’s good to do different things and learn new skills. Neil Dudgeon was great to work with and I loved the other guests especially Amanda Burton who played my mum and Stephanie Leonidas who was my wife. Also, my country house was Chenies Manor and I felt like Lord of the Manor.”
“I also played the Master recently in The Mill, which was another Lord of the Manor role. I normally play a computer hacker and suddenly I’ve gone all posh, so I don’t know where all that has come from!”
“There are lots of problems within the family that are later revealed. His social skills when he tries to integrate with the locals is almost offensive and yet when he is doing his magic he is Dr Charm, a very different animal.”
Adds Andrew: “We dressed him in black; he’s slightly sinister and gothic in look with a bit of eye make-up.” (via ITV press pack)
Coming 4 February 2015: Midsomer Murders – Murder by Magic. Andrew stars as Gideon Latimer, a charismatic young magician on the cusp of worldwide acclaim. He’s driven and mostly without empathy and is keen to use the pagan traditions of Midsomer Oaks to his own advantage.
(press embargo until 27 Jan, more info will be released then)
Tonight, 10 July at 6.30pm, at the BFI in London, there will be a special screening for a few hundred people, plus the chance to ask any burning questions you may have of writer John Fay, and cast members including BAFTA nominated Kerrie Hayes (Esther Price), Matthew McNulty (Daniel Bate) and Sacha Parkinson (Miriam Catterall).
Andrew will be in attendance, but it’s still not clear whether he will be part of the Q&A panel or not.
Tickets £11.50 – Follow this link to buy
Several pics have been posted lately over on twitter from the set of a new project that Andrew is working on. “Magic” is the term featured heavily by Andrew, Fraser Ayres and others from the cast. Fraser’s tweet mentions “Midsomer Murders” so it might be an episode of that and it will feature magic in the show. Stay tuned for more updates.
Andrew will be appearing on the third episode of NBC’s critically acclaimed new show Dracula. The episode will air in the States on November 8th and is titled ‘Goblin Merchant Men’. Andrew’s character is named Gabriel Hood. Here’s a brief synopsis for the episode.
Grayson seeks to determine whether Lady Jayne is a vampire hunter for the Order of the Dragon. Lucy mends Mina’s broken heart with absinthe, romance and a whirlwind tour of Bohemian London. Grayson’s machinations claim the life of Lord Laurent and earn him a powerful new enemy.
The episode will air in the UK on Sky Living on Thursday, November 14th. Check your local listings for time.