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INTERVIEW: Downton Abbey star excited over Malvern Theatres return

Malvern Editorial 11th Nov, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

FORMER Downton Abbey star Matt Milne has spoke of his excitement about his return to a Malvern venue where he used to watch shows as a youngster.

The Hereford born actor is currently performing at Malvern Theatres this week playing a key part in the drama Dangerous Corner – fresh from his role as Footman Alfred Nugent in the award-winning ITV show.

The play, written by Inspector Calls author J.B Priestley, is a timeless classic mystery where a chance remark at a dinner party exposes a world of murder and conspiracy.

Matt, who is also well known for his role in Steven Spielberg movie War Horse, is joined by a star-studded cast at the Grange Road venue including former Emmerdale actress Kim Thomson, Robin of Sherwood’s Michael Praed and Colin Buchanan who is best known for playing D.I Pascoe in the hit BBC television series Dalziel and Pascoe.

Speaking to the Observer ahead of the show’s opening day (Monday), Matt said he was looking forward to performing in Malvern and coming back to a place he visited in his younger days.

“I used to come to Malvern Theatres when I was young so it will be great to come back and be on the stage rather than in front of it,” he said.

“My family live close by in Hereford so it will be a good chance to see them and stay over in between the shows.”

Playing in Dangerous Corner is something of a new experience for Matt with the production being his first experience of theatre performing.

“The show’s going really well and it’s been great to play in front of audiences all over Britain,” he added.

“The play is a thriller and it is about all these characters who have secrets and throughout the play all of them get revealed and changes the fortunes good and bad between the characters.

“Being on Downton Abbey was a great learning experience for me and I got to work with some very experienced and talented people and saw on a daily basis how they work.”

Shows take place until Saturday with tickets available by visiting www.malvern-theatres.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01684 892277.

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