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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Douglas worried about his skin

Douglas Booth said the heavy make-up took its toll on his skin

Douglas Booth has revealed that wearing layers of make-up to play Boy George was not good for his skin.

The 17-year-old Burberry model and actor - who plays the Culture Club star in new BBC Two drama Worried About The Boy - told how he had to spend five to six hours a day in the make-up chair.

Douglas revealed: "After the first week I had a day off which was very rare and I was just looking at my skin and it was all flaky and I was thinking, 'God, what's happening to me?' but it's OK now, it's back to normal."

Getting the style right was so crucial for capturing the moment that Boy George himself turned up on set from time to time to give his guidance.

Douglas explained: "He did visit set and he was really helpful, he lent us lots of his clothes and he made prints for me to wear so that's how we managed to get the look."

The drama shows Culture Club at the height of their fame and includes scenes of Boy George's battle with heroin addiction.

Douglas said: "That bit was a challenge but, I play him when he's in the most colourful, rich, delightful, best parts of his life and also when he's at the bottom so it's nice to have the contrast.

"It definitely sends out a warning message about drugs, and also about the rise to fame and handling that. It shows you how someone who was one of the biggest stars in the world can be brought down by such a nasty drug as heroin."

:: Worried About The Boy is on BBC Two on May 16.

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