Behind their scenes... with Nigel Harman
Posted 2nd April 2014
Behind their scenes… Nigel Harman
02 April 2014
He starred as Simon Cowell in I Can’t Sing! at the London Palladium. Before that, he was an EastEnder, starred in Mount Pleasant, Downton Abbey and Hotel Babylon, and lit up the West End in Shrek and Guys & Dolls. We caught up with Nigel Harman:
Q: What was your first experience or memory of the London Palladium?
A: Babes In The Wood with Cannon & Ball. I saw Barnum 5 or 6 times as every time someone at school had a birthday we had a group booking.
Q: How does it feel to perform at the London Palladium?
A: It feels incredibly intimate, whilst being vast. I understand why it is the greatest variety house in the world.
Q: What can we expect when we come to see I Can’t Sing?
A: The unexpected. With Harry Hill as the writer and Steve Brown as the composer/lyricist expect to see something funny and unique.
Q: How did you prepare for the role of Simon Cowell?
A: I watched a lot of his interviews on the internet and read books by him and about him.
Q: What are the different challenges of performing in theatre, film or TV, and do you have a preference?
A: Theatre is a live medium so you have to react to what happens. Film & TV you get to have another go. I think that’s what makes theatre so thrilling – the immediacy.
Q: What’s the most bizarre part of your career so far?
A: Playing the accordion topless in a thong.
Q: What advice would you give someone at the beginning of their acting career?
A: Don’t leave school too early and be bold.