Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Whitehall doesn't want gritty roles

Jack Whitehall stars in Fresh Meat and Bad Education
Jack Whitehall stars in Fresh Meat and Bad Education

Jack Whitehall has said he has no burning desire to take on grittier roles.

The comedian has won plaudits for his role as a former public schoolboy in the university-set Channel 4 drama Fresh Meat.

But Jack, who was educated at Marlborough College in Berkshire, alma mater of the Duchess of Cambridge, said he had no ambition to play darker roles, unless it was the right part.

"I don't want to say I want to do something serious just for the sake of doing something serious. That's why I quite like doing Fresh Meat - there are serious plots within it," he said.

"You have episodes where the thrust of your storyline is comedic and other episodes where the stuff you're doing is quite sad and touching."

Jack, who also stars in and wrote new BBC Three drama Bad Education, is in a relationship with Fresh Meat actress Jemma Chan.

"She finds me quite funny, but not that funny. She's quite a harsh judge of my comedy," he said.

Bad Education continues on BBC Three on Tuesdays.

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