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" America does not like people being not nice to dogs. "
" Because you've done the horrible jobs, it gives you an even grittier determination to succeed. "
" I can't watch myself on screen without dying a little bit inside. And there are lots of moments when I think, 'What am I doing as an actor? I can't act!' "
" The devil always has the better tunes! "
" Before 'Coronation Street,' I was a jobbing actor, and after it, I'm a jobbing actor again. "
" I've swam with great white sharks. "
" You know if something is good because you remember the lines because it is written so well. The rhythm of the speech is spot on. "
" If you rile a tiger, he's going to show his claws. "
" I went to Huddersfield University Business School. That's where I learned my trade. "
" My dad doesn't watch 'Coronation Street.' But my mum is a massive fan. I'd like to think my dad will watch it for a few token episodes, as I'm in it. "
" I got into acting for the different scenarios and roles and meeting different people. "
" When people accuse me of being really posh, I think, 'Hang on a minute - no, I'm not!' "
" My mom and dad put my brother and sister through university and they were very keen for us to have an academic background just to give us a chance. "
" Particularly with internships, you have to work for a year with no money. How on Earth are you going to finance that? "
" I would like to do theatre because it scares me, and I think you should do things that scare you. "
" Being in 'Coronation Street' is only going to make me a better actor. "
" If you're going to kiss a man, let it be a beautiful man like Ed Speleers. "
" The reason I'm an actor and am trying to make my way in drama is to move people, to affect people, to gain a response - so these people who come up to you in the street are your audience. "
" Most actors will tell you that villains are the most interesting to play. "
" It's hard being gay in Edwardian times. "
" I think because of my background - I went through university and did an academic career and fell into acting - I've never had a game plan for my career because I got into it quite ad hoc. "
" Working on 'Downton Abbey' is amazing, but there's an ensemble cast of between 18 and 21 actors. With 'Love Life,' there are two couples and a few other key characters. As a smaller unit, you've got to take more responsibility - at the same time, you can have more ownership of the direction it's going in. "
" Sometimes people can be guilty of not working at relationships and if it's not working, oof, that's it. "
" My girlfriend is a great support, and I've got a big circle of mates who keep my feet on the ground. "
" People identify with being heartbroken. We've all been heartbroken, haven't we? I've been dumped, and it feels horrible. "
" There's definitely a wave of Brits doing great work on American television, and I wouldn't mind being one of them! "
" I'm a working class lad. So at 25, and with no-one in our family having any theatrical inclination, when I said, 'I'm going to scratch all that and become an actor,' I may as well have said I was going to be a Premiership footballer for the chance I'd have. "
" Obviously, I play a villain in 'Downton Abbey'. As an actor, you want to get a variety of roles, so to be offered the part of Joe, it was perfect. "
" Beverly Hills is too intimidating. Everyone's got lovely teeth, so you don't want to smile. Everyone's ripped, so you start working out at 4 in the morning and eating egg white omelets. "
" If I had a comfort blanket, I wouldn't have been as passionate and driven. "