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Greg McHugh

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

 

Montage pic of Greg McHugh as Howard, Gary and Eddie - Gary Tank Commander, Fresh Meat and The A Word.

Greg as Howard, Gary and Eddie

 

 

Tell us about what you’re up to at the moment…

 

I’m currently filming the third season of ‘A Discovery of Witches’ for Sky, based on the amazing global smash fantasy novels written by the super sharp and smart Deborah Harkness.

 

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.

 

 

A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

 

 

 

 

 

What was your favourite place to visit in London as a kid and why?

 

Young Greg McHugh

A young reggae-loving Greg dreaming of London’s Hackney

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.

 

 

 

What is your favourite place to eat as a family?

 

 

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.

 

 

Where in the UK would you recommend to another family?

 

 

Plockton, in the North West Highlands.

 

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!!

 

 

What would be your perfect day out with the family?

 

 

 

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!!!

 

 

 

Name three places you love going to with your kids:

 

 

Hove Lagoon, great park for the kids as well as trampolines and small ride park most of the year round PLUS ‘The Big Beach Cafe’ for food and drinks. Oh, and the sea’s there too!

 

The Duke of York's Picture House is an art house cinema in Brighton, England, which lays claim to being the oldest cinema in continuous use in Britain

The Duke of York’s Picture House claims to be the oldest cinema in continuous use in Britain

 

 

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.

 

Funplex – a parent friendly venue with comfortable settees!

 

My kids LOVE going to Funplex soft play centre in Brighton and therefore…I LOVE going!!!

 

 

Bus, tube or taxi?

 

London Bus

The C11 – Greg’s favourite bus. She’s a beauty isn’t she?

 

Bus!!

 

 

Give us a tip or a London life-hack…

 

Hampstead Heath

Parliament Hill Hampstead Heath

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!!

 

Spaniard’s Inn on the edge of Hampstead Heath near Kenwood House dates back to the 16th century.

 

 

 

What’s Next..

 

“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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