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Friday 19 September 2014

Whately: You need a lot of luck

Kevin Whately said he's had a charmed life when it comes to acting
Kevin Whately said he's had a charmed life when it comes to acting

Kevin Whately has said he thinks he's been "dead lucky" to have had a successful television career.

The 61-year-old actor is best known for playing Oxford policeman Robbie Lewis for more than a quarter of a century - first in Inspector Morse and then in Lewis - and over the last 30 years has rarely been off TV screens, starring in the likes of Peak Practice, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Joe Maddison's War.

He said: "I've just been dead lucky. I've had a charmed life acting wise.

"Something always seems to dovetail into something else. One of my agents, who's dead now, used to say how jammy I was. You work hard but you do need a lot of luck!"

The actor finished filming Lewis, which he is taking a break from, back in October and remembers saying to his wife that he was a free man - but he actually hasn't stopped working.

"The BBC's kept me going with radio plays and voicing documentaries, so I'm working most days," said Kevin.

He also recently took over from Russ Abbott as captain of the Variety Club golfing society.

"I'll get some time off eventually and I'm going to hit golf balls into the bushes," he joked.

:: Lewis continues on Monday nights on ITV1.

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