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From Doctor Who to Grimsby: A Conversation with Samuel Anderson for the Home Entertainment release of Pleasure Island

31 August 2015

Affable Birmingham-born actor Samuel Anderson, 31, is best known for playing Danny Pink in Doctor Who.

Now, the former Emmerdale actor (he was police officer Ross Kirk) and star of sitcom Trollied has dipped his toe in the world of British gangsters with his latest project, indie flick Pleasure Island.

Director Mike Doxford’s gritty offering is set in Grimsby, where protagonist Dean returns home after a stint abroad in the Army – and very soon he’s drawn into the dark underworld of a once vibrant seaside town, in which light relief is provided (in one of the film’s standout roles) by Anderson as a loser amusement arcade worker with some unwittingly philosophical one-liners under his belt.

The Fan Carpet's Shelley Marsden spoke to Doctor Who alumni Samuel Anderson about his role of Nate...


Drizzle, dodgy gangsters, strip joints – are all British seaside resorts so seedy?
Er, no?! I’ve been to a few – the Butlins and the Havens I’ve been to aren’t quite so tough. And Brighton’s not so bad! I thought Pleasure Island being set in Grimsby was fascinating – this town that used to thrive as a port town had literally overnight come to a standstill. The work was sold to other countries. Looking back at old photos, this thriving seaside town in the 50s and 60s, it was buzzing. No other gangster film has been set in a town where such sort of politically-induced bad luck has been thrown upon it. I wanted to do something gritty, but with this place, what a difference a day makes, really.


The main character Dean is a man of few words, the ‘strong, silent’ type – does your character act as a foil to his?
Where my scenes have been placed by the director, I tend to come in after something dark has happened. It’s the perfect balance, to bring a bit of light relief. My favourite scene, between me and Connor, comes right after the scene where Gina’s character was assaulted. It works that way throughout the film.


Did you enjoy playing Nate?
It’s the first time I’ve done that kind of role. It was a lot of fun. I got really into playing that kind of character – I made sure I had a really bad night’s sleep the night before the audition. I went in looking rough, man. On set we could improvise quite a lot with the script, so it was nice to play this really odd character that seems brainless but comes out with things about life that often make sense.


Are there a lot of guys like Nate out there - playing Jonga, smoking weed and hanging out with teenagers in amusement arcades?
For sure. I know a few Nate's, to be honest. I grew up in inner-city Birmingham so I spent plenty of time on estates in someone’s council flat with characters who are, unfortunately, probably not going to move on.


Did you grow up on a council estate?
When I was born my parents lived in a tiny, red brick estate which wasn’t too bad but some years later when they left, we’d been broken into several times and the situation wasn’t so cool. I remember being off sick from school one day, going into the kitchen and seeing some cracked-out crazy guy trying to break down the door, you know?  Another day I remember one of my mum’s rockery bricks come flying through our living room window. You hear all the stories about ghettos and inner-city kids doing what they do – it’s only when you get older and look back that you realise yeah, they really are kids doing all this. At the time, I guess it was just normal to me. My parents did a good job making sure I didn’t get involved in any of that though. I always say I’m from the ghetto, but I’m not very ghetto!







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