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Graham couldn't get work post Combo

Stephen Graham has revealed he struggled to get work after his starring role in This Is England.

The actor played violent skinhead Combo in the Shane Meadows film and TV spin-offs but told The Big Issue he thinks he scared people with his performance.

He said: "I learned so much from director Shane Meadows on This Is England. He makes you feel like you're a champion or a kite that could just fly off into the wind and he guides you from place to place.

"That film was when it all came together for me as an actor. Though afterwards I couldn't get an acting job for eight months.

"I was about to pack it in and become a youth worker."

The Boardwalk Empire star explained that in real life he couldn't be more different from Combo.

He said: "Maybe people were scared of me but I'm a very nice, happily married man with two lovely kids. I like playing dark characters but in real life I'm respectful and polite.

"Manners cost nothing. There's enough s*** in the world."

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