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Campbell Moore: I'm drawn to horses

Stephen Campbell Moore has revealed his love for equines sometimes influences his screen roles.

The 35-year-old, who has starred in TV series such as Titanic, Wallis And Edward and Hunted, admitted he would choose a part if it had a horse in it.

"When I was about 11 or 12, I decided it would be a nice thing to try out and would go to the local stables. Sometimes I choose TV jobs just so I can ride horses. If the script's not very good, I just check out if the horses are good and then get involved," he said.

Speaking at the Cartier Queen's Cup polo tournament final at Guards Polo in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, which was also attended by Claire Foy, he added: "Filming, I've done quite exciting things with horses. I rode four-horse chariots in Morocco for a few months (for Ben Hur)."

Stephen, who is appearing on the West End stage in Chimerica, admitted his plan with horses once backfired on stage.

"I did do a play once with horses on stage but it didn't work out well," he recalled.

"It was the Pendley Shakespeare Festival when I was about 15 years old. We had kids and horses for the blind, and when the lights went out on the first night, the horses bolted down the glade and one of the kids ended up on the floor screaming."

The actor revealed he's excited to reunite with his History Boys co-star James Corden in BBC Two sitcom The Wrong Mans, which James co-wrote.

"It's a very funny comedy and I play a very angry character," he said.

"James told me about a year and a half ago he was going to write me a character and it turns out he's the bad guy so that shows what James thinks about me."

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