After the success of THE RIOT CLUB, Jack Farthing is now playing another intense character in the hugely successful new BBC drama POLDARK.
5 words that best describe you
All the really good ones.
Your first job came about when you were still studying at LAMDA, what was the experience like treading the boards at such a prestigious theatre?
It was a perfect first job for me. A brilliant company of actors and a magical theatre. I learnt a huge amount very quickly, and it ended up lasting the whole year and taking me round America for two months. Which wasn’t too bad.
Stage or Film?
Both. Definitely. The dream is to keep the variety and let the work in one inform the other.
I enjoyed your performance in The Riot Club, how did you feel making the move from stage to screen?
A lot is made of this huge shift between acting for stage and acting for camera. I don’t really see it. Of course, you don’t need to fill an auditorium when the lens is two feet away but for me, the preparation and the performance in both feel quite similar. On The Riot Club we had an extraordinary director and a fantastic DOP and their skill allowed us to forget they were there most of the time and just enjoy becoming these boys in that room.
What does 2015 hold for you?
At the moment, it’s Poldark on BBC1. I’m playing the vaguely villainous ‘George Warleggan’, the ambitious young rival of ‘Ross Poldark’. We had a wonderful time making it, and it’s lovely to see people seeming to enjoy it. And I’ve just started rehearsals for a new Simon Stephens Play called Carmen Disruption at The Almeida that I’m very excited about. That opens at the beginning of April.