TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE CHARACTER YOU PLAY?
Oliver grew up as rock guitarist Garry Demon's son rather than his own person; the effects of this are obvious. He's enjoyed a privileged upbringing but without appreciating it. The way he's enjoyed the wealth (that he hasn't had to work for), has become increasingly self-destructive; now his father is threatening to cut him off. His apathy partly comes from having lost his mother at an early age and having a father who was far too busy making sure his son was provided for to be much of a father to him. Oliver's a smart boy (the finest education money can buy saw to that), and if inclined, he could probably surprise a few people.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT PLAYING YOUR CHARACTER?
Oliver really doesn't care too much about anything. It's enjoyable for me to play someone who can be so dismissive of things that would cause most people to panic... like wrecking Dad's car. He tends to wear more expensive clothes than I do so that's always fun.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE AND DISLIKE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
I think he'd be a great person to know casually - a lot of fun at parties; he's a witty, intelligent guy. Although as a proper friend I think he'd be infuriating - his lack of drive and self-destructive tendencies would be a nightmare for anyone who actually cared about him, I'd find that hard to take.
WHAT ARE THE SIMILARITIES/DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOU AND THE CHARACTER YOU ARE PLAYING?
We look a lot alike (ha ha). I'd like to think that I'm a slightly better adjusted individual than him and more reliable and capable of being a very good friend. That said, any friend of mine knows that I have a passion for sarcasm that Oliver seems to share, plus we're both capable of randomly deciding that it's time to rally the troops and go out for the evening.
WERE YOU A FAN OF FOOTBALLERS' WIVES BEFORE GETTING INVOLVED WITH EXTRA TIME?
No, but don't tell anyone - I've been telling all the actors that play established characters that I've long been a fan of their work!
WHAT DO YOU THINK VIEWERS WILL THINK OF THIS EXTENSION TO FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
Footballers' Wives looks at the people in the footballers. shadows... whilst Extra Time focuses on the people behind those people plus their associates. I hope that viewers find a healthy mix of characters to love and hate, regardless of their links with the world of football and will enjoy seeing their numerous conflicts with each other.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
It was a low-budget short film called 'Penance'. I played Vincent - a young, ambitious, businessman who was also a racist homophobe. But he died at the end, so it's okay.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
I was born in Belgium, but we moved to Surrey before I was a year old, and that's where I grew up. I didn't move until I went to university in London.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I live in West London now.
DO YOU SUPPORT A FOOTBALL TEAM?
I don't - I only really started to enjoy football about eight years ago and it's great to be able to enjoy a game for the football itself, rather than having any potentially crippling emotional involvement with it (except for England matches, where crippling emotional involvement is a given). People say I should choose a team, but geographically that leaves me with Chelsea or Fulham; if I start supporting Chelsea now, I'm a glory hunter. And Fulham... well.... yeah, I don't support a team.
WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN AND DO YOU BELIEVE IN THEM?
I'm a Pisces, and I sort of accept that certain personality traits may be present in people of a particular sign, but I have a problem with horoscopes. Everyone on the planet is going to have one of twelve types of day? Seems highly unlikely.
WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH EXTRA TIME?
There's a real enthusiasm around this project that's a lot of fun to be around. It's a new show, with a lot of new characters and there's just a very real feeling of a group of people committed to making the best show they can. It's exciting.
HAVE YOU FILMED A MEMORABLE SCENE YET?
My God yes... when it airs, you'll know! Filming it took a rather bizarre turn. Picture me, enthusiastic actor, second day of filming, wearing some very small underwear (you don't have to picture that part if you don't want to), tied to a bed by my wrists, pretty much utterly helpless. Camera rolling, sound at speed, and....well, in a list of top ten moments you'd rather the fire alarm DIDN'T go off, I felt it ranked pretty high.
WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO DO AFTER FINISHING FILMING THE SERIES?
We finish in June, so a few lazy afternoons outside West London pubs in the sunshine with friends sounds agreeable. And, you know, get fit and stuff. Not sure how those things will co-exist, but we'll see.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME...ANY HOBBIES OR SPORTS YOU ENJOY?
Big fan of couch and TV based activities... I promise myself I'll watch a classic film but normally end up watching Family Guy box-sets more often than I should, I'm trying to expand my range of film knowledge (great thing about being an actor #47: watching movies is 'research'). I play guitar and drums and I also try and play as much tennis as possible - which used to mean 'as much as the weather permitted', but now tends to mean 'as much as my waning fitness allows'.