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Matthew Goode reveals tennis star was inspiration for vampire character

The actor plays vampire Matthew Clairmont in the TV adaptation of A Discovery Of Witches.

Matthew Goode has said he based his portrayal of a vampire in his new TV series on tennis ace Roger Federer.

The actor stars as vampire Matthew Clairmont in A Discovery Of Witches, which is adapted from the novel by Deborah Harkness, and saw parallels between the character and the Wimbledon star.

He said: “When I did think about who my inspiration for Matthew was, who could be a vampire like Matthew de Clairmont, I was like, Roger Federer.

“Roger Federer seems like, to me, he sort of looks like a vampire in a weird way.

“I’m meant to be the most formidable assassin of all time, from the vampire world, and I thought he was quite a good person to base the performance on, physically, as he’s an assassin on the court.”

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Roger Federer (PA)

The series also stars Teresa Palmer as professor Diana Bishop, who is also the most powerful witch that has ever existed.

The actress said: “I’m really excited. I think there’s a great movement towards showing strong female characters on TV and on film these days and it was just really nice to know that I was coming in and getting to play someone who has a lot to say, and she’s as strong as the guys, stronger even.

“God I love that she can be all things – vulnerable, the divine feminine, she can also be really strong and have these insane powers.

“I am really gravitating towards characters like that and I’m really excited that we’re in a climate where we’re just seeing more and more of those characters coming to life.”

A Discovery Of Witches will be available on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV from Friday September 14.

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