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Thursday 24 July 2014

Darvill proves it's Who you know

Arthur Darvill plays a vicar in Broadchurch

Arthur Darvill has said he has Doctor Who to thank for his latest TV drama role.

Th 30-year-old actor was plucked from obscurity in 2009 to play Rory Williams, boyfriend and later husband of Amy Pond in the hit sci-fi show.

Although he's no longer a member of the "Whoniverse", having quit the series last year, he's working with various alumni from the long-running BBC series in ITV's new eight-part drama Broadchurch - which was written by one of Doctor Who's most acclaimed writers, Chris Chibnall.

"He came up to me while I was filming one of his episodes in Cardiff and said, 'I've written you a part in a new TV series, will you do it?'

"I thought, 'I can't say no to that, that's amazing!'" said Arthur. "We chatted about it, we discussed where the character would go, and I just found what he was trying to do really interesting, so I jumped at the chance.

"That's the first time somebody's ever written anything for me; it was very humbling. It's quite an honour," he added.

Broadchurch begins with the discovery of youngster Danny Latimer's body at the bottom of cliffs on the idyllic Dorset coast. Arthur was hand-picked to play a vicar whose church becomes the gathering point for members of the tight-knit community traumatised by Danny's death.

Did Arthur, who states he isn't religious, find it odd that Chibnall saw him as ideal to play a man of the cloth?

"I can kind of see where he's coming from," he smiled. "Playing the role has given me a new-found respect for vicars and the kind of responsibility they have. They always have to be 'on', and be good themselves."

:: Broadchurch begins on ITV on Monday, March 4.

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