Published: 21st November 2020
Greg McHugh is an award-winning Scottish actor and writer.
He is the creator, writer and star of the BBC1 comedy series Gary: Tank Commander.
He also played Howard in the Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat and currently plays Eddie Scott in BBC1’s The A-Word, which has been widely praised for its honest portrayal of autism.
I play Hamish Osborne is a mentor to Matthew, who is a vampire
Matthew is incredibly impulsive, and has his needs as all vampires do. But when he met Hamish, he met someone he could confide in and build a friendship with. It’s not a conventional friendship in terms of daemon and vampire. But again, the series is trying to show that unexpected friendships can be built with people no matter what their background is.
Hamish is really there to settle Matthew and I think that’s a pivotal relationship because of everything that’s going on: the love story, his need to feed, his eternal life… Hamish is Matthew’s linchpin –he gives him a calmer perspective on all the things that are happening around him.
I grew up in Edinburgh but I remember visiting my cousins in Hackney in the summer during the 80’s. Their neighbours had reggae blasting out their windows, I LOVED IT!!!! No one ever had reggae blaring in Edinburgh. A brilliant introduction to the Capital.
Pre Lockdown, I have to say….having tried a lot of places with two young ‘uns….Pizza Express Hove has the most consistently brilliant staff and attitude towards young children and the kids LOVE the food. We used to go their weekly.
It’s a stunning place for kids to have adventures and adults to have stunningly fresh sea food and brilliant drinks. It’s somewhere distinctively Scottish but not like anywhere else in Scotland.
You’d have to go to know what I mean!!
Ashdown Forrest walk (South Downs), kids running around like crazy- finding dens, shouting as loud as they want- picnic on a tree trunk. Then they both sleep on the drive home!!!
Pre- Lockdown, Saturday Morning kids Cinema (Odeon or Duke Of York) There’s nothing like the experience of watching film in a cinema and the kids pick up on that.
My kids LOVE going to Funplex soft play centre in Brighton and therefore…I LOVE going!!!
On a Sunday…get up to Parliament Fields in North London (C11 for example) Walk across Hampstead Heath and up towards Hampstead Village- aim for the Spaniards Inn for a roast….and after that, just walk down the Hill towards Camden (or with young kids)….GET THE BUS!!
“I’ve signed up for panto at the SECC in Glasgow with Leah McCrae, who stars in Gary and River City,” said Greg. “The dynamic is so much fun being on stage with her, but who knows what’s going to happen.
“The world is on hold and has to be, and in terms of how that impacts on work for actors, well, it’s catastrophic. But that’s life.
“There are people far worse off. We can only hope there’s some light towards the end of the year.”
However, fans of the pair can enjoy some of their banter online, where they have teamed up for a series of videos for the Scottish Government, promoting the Stay At Home message during the coronavirus crisis.
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