Freeview Focus on… Adam Gillen

Posted February 23, 2012 - Features

Adam Gillen returns to Freeview screens to play the role of Liam in ITV1’s comedy  Benidorm. Adam’s starred in a whole list of well-known series on Freeview so we pulled him in for a chat about his world of TV.

Tell us about the new series of Benidorm?   

Benidorm is the ITV comedy series that is set in the sunny Spanish holiday resort. I play the role of Liam. I’m very proud to return to such a fantastic programme and the new series is hysterically funny.

What’s it like working with such a great and and well-known cast?   

It’s brilliant to be working in the company of such wonderful actors. I’ve learnt so much from people like  Steve Pemberton,  Siobhan Finneran and  Tony Maudsley. I really enjoy watching their scenes and hearing about their experiences when we’re not filming.

This month sees Benidorm return for a fifth series – what makes the show so successful?

The show is successful because it’s so funny – and it always has been. It’s written brilliantly by  Derren Litten, who this year is joined by  Steve Pemberton, and there is a real love for the characters in the show.

As well as appearing in the current series of Prisoners’ Wives on BBC One, you’ve starred in Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, BBC’s Oliver and the last series of Benidorm – what is the standout moment of your acting career?   

Every part I’ve played has been so different from the last so it’s hard to pick a part that I’ve enjoyed more than any other! Each part is special for different reasons and I feel lucky that my career is so varied right now.

What’s your favourite TV moment of all time?   

My favourite TV moment of all time has to be discovering comedian  Ken Dodd for the first time on  An Audience with Ken Dodd on ITV. I’d never seen anything like it.   

Which television series do you think of as ‘Unmissable TV’ and why?   

I think  Rising Damp was unmissable when they repeated it on ITV3. Leonard Rossiter was a genius and it’s one show I don’t like to miss.   

Tell us what shows you are watching and recording at the moment?   

I like watching MasterChef on BBC One right now – I love my cookery programmes.   

Which actor or actress would you most like to work with and why?   

There are so many that I would like to work with. I wish could have worked with  Pete Postlethwaite; he was a very special man.   

Tell us your guilty TV pleasure?   

Coach Trip on Channel 4….

Who was your childhood TV hero and why?   

My TV hero when I was a child was presenter  Andi Peters. I truly believed there was a broom cupboard somewhere and he lived in it with his friend Gordon, who happened to be a gopher. I never questioned it.   

When was the last time TV made you cry?   

The last time I really cried watching television was watching Channel 4’s  This is England ’88 over Christmas. It was the most beautiful story and very inspiring… incredibly powerful television.   

Tell is a something we would never know about you.   

At the moment I’m obsessed with baking and cycling – obviously not at the same time!   

Catch Adam in the new series of Benidorm, Friday’s at 9pm from 24th February on ITV1 and ITV1 HD. 

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