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Daniel Mays: You have to leave your vanity at the door

3 October 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor Daniel Mays on the pleasures and pitfalls of playing Samuel Pepys, his debt to Michael Jackson and his next dream job

Daniel Mays is telling me about the periwig. For his role as the diarist Samuel Pepys in a new four-part ITV drama, The Great Fire, based on the true events of the fire that swept through London in 1666, he wears an extraordinary Gaga-esque confection of auburn curls. Oh man, this thing was waiting for me in the makeup truck, he laughs. Its one of those things where you have to leave your vanity at the door and embrace it.

One of our most talented actors, youll know Mays, 36, for his work with Mike Leigh (All Or Nothing, Vera Drake) and TV roles in Red Riding, Ashes to Ashes and Public Enemies At 6ft 2in, with dark eyes and glossy black hair (theres Italian or Spanish ancestry in the »

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