Currently filming Series 3 of Hinterland, Richard Harrington has been busy of late with the Second Season of the drama only just being released on DVD at the end of May.
RICHARD HARRINGTON INTERVIEW
Harrington born in Merthyr Tydfil (1975) - with the eighties and nineties, bringing the actor a steady ascent into television stardom. He appeared in small roles on A Mind to Kill, Screen One and Tiger Bay among others. A brief period on Coronation Street with character Owen Williams is well known by most for a scrap with Les Battersby on the cobbles.
His appearances on MI-5 and Bleak House were impressive but it was Holby Blue which shines out. He acted as Luke French in the police series before being seen in Collision, Pen Talar, Lark Rise to Candleford and Alys.
Speaking to Telly Binge, he says every show has been important. “All of them have their place in my heart. Some cause tachycardia; some crush ventricles and shatter rhythmical chambers. Others blow the congestion from the arteries like a trumpet of raving angels!”
Richard has since gone onto star as DCI Tom Mathias in Hinterland (Known in Wales as Y Gwyll). His compelling character is constantly struggling to cope with his dark past. Richard said about Tom, “He’s like a child with a sore tooth. He can’t, not touch it.” That’s because despite the demons of his previous adventures, Tom continues to be a police officer.
Before Season 2 aired, Richard was keen to surprise the public and add another dimension to the DCI. Does he think he has done that? “The moment you reveal a new truth about a character, the more it requires dimension to exist in. Otherwise it’s a soap opera.”
Though the real surprise about Hinterland is just how good it has done! The crime series struggled to get off the ground, with it taking two and half years to find the funding required.
Since that initial set back, Hinterland has gone on to set the tone for many shows hoping to impress. “It’s been a labour of love for all involved. Hopefully that shows on screen.” Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Poland, Slovenia and The Netherland have all picked the Welsh show up. Even Netflix has taken the plunge!
Harrington is quite often raising money for charity at events such as the London Marathon. “London is the best, running is the only chance I get to plan anything!”
What about the actor’s near future plans? “I will be finishing Series 3 of Hinterland and then spending as much time as I can with my children.”
Richard Harrington was talking to Telly Binge in June 2016. Hinterland Season 2 is currently available to buy on Amazon now!