If you haven’t watching Outlander, then there is a reasonably good chance you’re familiar with [Andrew] Gower from some of his other work. After all, he has appeared in such other series including AD: The Bible Continues, Being Human, The White Queen, and more. This is someone who’s got a rather-impressive resume of TV work behind him and while he’s not going to have a chance to continue whatever he does on Poldark, there is still an opportunity for more good stuff down the line.
Here’s another interview with Andrew Gower about playing Winston Smith in 1984 and what tempted him to take on the part. Being Human and Outlander (and their loyal fanbases) get a notable mention, too.
You’ve done some beloved dramas, like Being Human and Outlander. What’s the fan response been like?
Yes, both Being Human and Outlander are known for their loyal fanbases. The beauty of both of those jobs was that the characters were very removed from me. So I’ve been lucky to get off scot-free, without any strange encounters. The wigs, blood and strange onscreen faces/voices – they haven’t found their way into my day-to-day life. Yet.
You graduated from drama school [the Oxford School of Drama] six years ago but are only now making your West End debut.
Yeah, which is funny because when I left drama school, I always envisaged that my career would be on stage; I never saw it going down the route of TV and film, so for this to be only my third theater job and in something so incredible and illustrious is really amazing.
The Being Human – Series 1-5 Boxset DVD box set is now available to pre-order from Amazon. It is released on Monday 8 April 2013. Further details about what will be included on the discs are yet to be confirmed, however we do know that it is a 14 disc set.
Andrew appears in series 4 of Being Human as vampire solicitor Nick Cutler.
Please note that the following fanfics may contain content that is suitable for adults only, but with that in mind, read and enjoy!
The Old Year Passes (part one of the story; links to the following 5 chapters can be found at the end of the chapter); written by non-canonical. On the same LiveJournal there is a wonderful analysis of Nick Cutler’s character, take a look here – it’s pretty long, but needs to be for such a complex character.
Rewritten by Machine – set in 2030 and features Cutler, Hal, Mr Snow and Fergus; written by Shaitanah
Damien Molony has been interviewed by Spotlight about his nomination for the prize in 2011 and his career since then. There are a couple of questions about Andrew and their work together on Being Human:
Did Andrew Gower [2010 Spotlight Prize winner] try to give you any tips?
We didn’t actually shoot anything together until episode seven so we didn’t really talk about it that much. He used to give me encouragement and I would try and do the same because I think he is absolutely amazing, a brilliant actor. He goes into so much depth with his preparation. I learnt a lot from just watching him rather than him teaching me.
Mark Gatiss has been interviewed by EW.com about the finale of Being Human season 4, “War Child”. It’s a great little interview, made all the better by the question about the trailer:
Can you explain why he’s rubbing Cutler’s face in the preview?
Because I wanted to. I said to Andrew [Gower], “I just got an idea. I should run my hand down your face and stick my finger into your mouth. Is that alright?” And he said, “Yeah, whatever you like.” So I did it. What I like about it is it’s so invasive. First of all, he has those filthy fingernails. I thought, he regards this man as less than the dirt on his shoes and he should just show it. It’s also slightly pervy. I enjoyed that.
EW.com have published an interview with Being Human executive producer Toby Whithouse about Being Human episode 4×07 “Making History”, a very Cutler-centric episode.
Does Cutler have any humanity left in him?
From the moment that he sees his wife killed, that’s it. It’s been interesting to look at the reactions to him on online. I’m very pleased to see that Cutler has a lot of fans. There are also quite a lot of people who are hoping that there is a bit of decency left in him and that he will redeem himself. That’s something Andrew [Gower] imbued in the character, because it wasn’t on the page. That people are having questions about him is a testament to his performance, because in my mind, the best way of telling if Cutler is lying is if his lips are moving.
Entertainment Weekly have posted an interview with Andrew about episode 6 of Being Human season 4 (“Puppy Love“). The interview covers Cutler’s backstory, his last vestiges of humanity and how he based some of Cutler’s mannerisms on Ian Curtis of Joy Division.
Cutler likes other people to do the work for him—and manipulation is one of the things he’s very good at.
Another YouTube clip from the BBC, this time looking behind the scenes at the Nightclub in episode 7. Bizarrely, considering this is such a big Cutler moment, we only see Andrew right at the very end, but it’s still worth a watch to see how the scene was put together.
After Griffin’s “proper death” at the end of episode 1, the vampires are yet again without a leader.
Cutler continues to work on his plan to reveal the existance of vampires and werewolves to humanity. He has brought a focus group, which appears to consist largely of homeless people, to Stoker’s warehouse and shows them the video of werewolves George and Tom changing at the full moon.
Before he can collect their surveys, however, he is distracted by fellow vampire Fergus and his “war council” who have a slightly different approach to how things should be handled (and by who) in the future.
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After the events of the season 3 finale, local vampires have already regrouped around their new leader Griffin (Alex Jennings). They meet up at the warehouse of Stoker Import and Export in Barry Island where they are preparing for the arrival of the “Old Ones”, a group of of extremely powerful elite vampires, who are travelling over the course of a few months across the Atlantic Ocean to Barry Island by freighter to discuss their plans for a global vampire takeover there.
Meanwhile the remaining occupants of “Honolulu Heights” – ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow), werewolf George (Russell Tovey) and his newborn baby – are still recovering from the losses of their lovers, vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner) and werewolf Nina (Sinead Keenan). Whereas George locks himself up with his young daughter not letting anyone near her, Annie seeks support from young werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) who is desperate to make new friends after his father figure McNair (Robson Green) was killed.
Among the newcomers in town is Cutler (Andrew Gower), a young, cocky vampire with ambitious plans to take over the world. While he wants to reveal the existance of vampires as the ones that save humanity from the “bigger threat, the werewolves”, Griffin is looking for an adequate gift to present the Old Ones with. “Vampire recorder” Regus (Mark Williams) seems to have the solution: according to a prophecy, the “War Child” born to two werewolves is the key to the destruction of all vampires – the perfect sacrifice.
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