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Portrait of the artist: Phil Daniels, actor

29 August 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

'Doing EastEnders wasn't exactly suffering for my art, but my soul's not in TV. We all have to live, don't we?'

What got you started?

A lady called Anna Scher. She used to go around the London schools in the holidays, doing theatre workshops. My friend Paul's sister was going, so we turned up one day when I was about 13. There were some nice-looking girls there, so we carried on going.

What was your big breakthrough?

Doing a play called Class Enemy at the Royal Court when I was about 16. It was about a classroom of kids left with no teacher, so each of them gives a lesson about what they know.

Do you suffer for your art?

Doing EastEnders wasn't exactly suffering, but my soul's not in quick-fix TV. Theatre doesn't pay like TV work pays, though. We all have to live, don't we?

You've played a lot of "geezer" roles. »

- Laura Barnett

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Game of Thrones Season 2: Pyat Pree and Podrick Payne Cast

24 August 2011 6:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Following Wednesday's announcement that Patrick Malahide had been cast in the role of Balon Greyjoy, it's being reported that two more roles have been filled for Game of Thrones' second season. These two are that of Pyat Pree and Podrick Payne. As noted, that's a neat bit of alliteration.

Pyat Pree, a warlock who Daenerys meets in her travels, will be played by Ian Hanmore, according to Hanmore has appeared in such British shows as Shameless, Life on Mars, Doctor Who, and Outlaws

Podrick Payne, a much younger addition to the cast, will be played by Daniel Portman, Access Hollywood is reporting. In the books, Payne is a young boy who becomes Tyrion Lannister's (Peter Dinklage) squire. Portman is older than Payne was in the books, but this makes since considering most of the show's characters are a few years older than their book counterparts. »

- Sam McPherson

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Gina McKee and Neil Morrissey sign up for BBC2 police corruption drama

24 August 2011 7:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stars join cast headed by Lennie James and Vicky McClure for Line of Duty, which explores a fictitious fatal police shooting

BBC2 has lined up a cast including Vicky McClure, Lennie James, Gina McKee and Neil Morrissey for a topical new drama based on a mistaken police shooting and corruption in the force.

The BBC2 drama, Line of Duty, takes "a probing look at modern policing" following the fictitious cover-up of a fatal mistaken shooting. Location filming began in Birmingham this week.

Written and produced by the creator of Bodies and Cardiac Arrest, Jed Mercurio, Line of Duty will air on BBC2 early next year under the channel's "Quality British Drama" banner.

Ben Stephenson, the controller of BBC drama commissioning, described the drama as "remarkably prescient".

Lennie James plays a popular and successful policeman, detective chief inspector Tony Gates, who is accused of corruption. Martin Compston, the Scottish actor most »

- Josh Halliday

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