Exclusive Q&A with Andrew Gower

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With most of us in some form of quarantine during the Covid-19 epidemic, we hope the follwing interview will provide some welcome distraction. Andrew Gower graciously agreed to answer a few questions for us earlier this week – little did he know how many there would be! He answered all of them nonetheless and we cannot thank him enough for his time and patience!

We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we did coming up with questions and covering “a bit of everything”.


First things first: How are you?

Right now, I feel like I should be asking all of you … how you are? … but I shall answer your question : despite the craziness of the world right now – I’m well thank you and healthy. Self isolating in London. In a VERY clean flat.

This question needs to be asked: On a scale from 1-10, how weird or how awesome is it for you to have your own small fanbase?

10 for awesomeness. The weirdness has worn away.

Do you remember the first time someone asked you for your autograph?

The first autograph I ever signed was at a cinema in Angel – the person sat next to me thought I was Andy Murray.

You’re not very active on Social Media. What changed your mind about joining Instagram? Do you have a preference?

I love Twitter for football. All Everton news. That’s a daily go to. I do like to post random photos or music on both – sporadically. I think it’s a nice way to share work you’re passionate about. But I’ve definitely made a conscious effort to spend less time on them. Nothing wrong with a bit of mystery.

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Tell us something about Andrew, the actor: when you’re filming, what’s the first thing you do when you come on set? Do you have a special routine?

This changes from set to set … or whatever scenes I’m filming that day. But I’d say a common go to is a cup of black coffee or at a push a red bush tea.

Is it as hard for you as it is for us fans to wait for a new film or TV series to come out after you’ve wrapped filming?

Part of the fun of wrapping a project is knowing that when it comes out you’ll be in a completely different headspace/another role 🤞. There’s something magical about that. Much nicer to be able to watch a project from a distance – not that I’m an avid viewer of my work anyway.

Out of all the characters you played, do you have a favourite?

I really don’t. The joy is being able to think what you can play next or how you could improve the role you just played/make better for next time.

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Probably one of the most beloved characters you’ve played so far is Sherlock Holmes (lovingly nicknamed “Baby Sherlock” by your fans btw) on Murdoch Mysteries. It’s been 7 years and people are still asking if/when you’ll make a comeback. Are you aware there’s even an online petition that asks for your return?

I’m not aware but that’s very lovely to hear.

What would Sherlock Holmes think about Miss Eliza Scarlet?

Probably be incredibly envious of her talents … and hat collection.

Sherlock Holmes, Rupert Parker and Ezra Spurnrose are all Victorian men (even though Ezra isn’t really from the 19th century). Were you able to use some of your research for the other characters?

I’ve definitely had my overdose of Victorian England. Etiquette coming out of my ears. Although with every character I try and approach them with a different mind set or from a different angle – but it definitely helps to have researched a time period.

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One of your fans once commented that it takes “guts and talent” to take on characters like Caligula or Bonnie Prince Charlie. What do you think were some brave choices you made in portraying either character?

That’s lovely to hear. I think one of the main things I took from drama school and from actors I admire … is that we should always be taking risks. Creative risks. Bold choices. Just like Brian Epstein took a risk on 4 lads from Liverpool. Best creative decisions are always risks.

Speaking of Caligula: there were moments when he definitely reminded us on Peter Ustinov’s Nero in the old classic Quo Vadis. Have you ever seen it?

I’ve never seen it. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Three of the characters you played recently (Tommy Quickly, James Hadfield and Ben Taylor) are all battling (different) mental health issues. Coincidence or is this a topic you particularly liked exploring at that moment?

Honestly, it’s just they’re all really interesting characters on the page. It’s an amazing opportunity to play somebody who faces different day to day obstacles than yourself.

Can you share any news on Running Naked?

The last I heard the final edit is finished.

Iceland, Sweden, the Czech Republic – you filmed in some pretty cold places lately. Which one was your favourite (and do we need to knit some mittens for the future)?

I really couldn’t choose. V lucky to have filmed in all those countries. My mitten game is strong … don’t you worry.

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Congratulations on a second season for Carnival Row! How does it feel to be back for another season?

It’s great to be back!

Our corner of the internet imploded a little, when you announced your part in the final season of Poldark. To see Mitchell and Cutler unite is probably the biggest dream, Being Human fans never knew they had, come true. How was filming with Aidan Turner?

Great to finally meet Aidan. Was lovely to chat about our time on Being Human and many of the Poldark crew had been on the show too. Joy to see them all!

You recently completed your first film as a producer. Can you tell us something about the experience to be in charge of a project from beginning to end? Would you like to produce again, maybe also direct?

It’s definitely something I’d like to do again. Though like with everything … It’s all about finding the right project and then you’ll NEED to do it.

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It seems you often manage to include some of your music when you’re acting, for example one of Emerson’s songs is featured in an episode of Monroe. How did that happen?

Our wonderful producer Jennie Scanlon found out I had been in a band and asked if they could use the music for the episode.

Another example is Rob (Black Mirror), who is singing in his car just before the fatal accident. Was that scene improvised?

That was scripted. Charlie Brooker and John Hillcoat were very specific with the song choice.

If you had become a professional football player, which position would you have played? Who’s your favourite player?

Oh best question of the day. I was a delusional central midfielder. Still am. My favourite player is Leighton Baines.

Anything you want to say to your fans?

Thanks so much for all your support and now more than ever please stay safe n at home.

Thanks a million, Andrew, for taking the time and agreeing to answer this really long list of questions. Stay safe and well, and we can’t wait to see you in your upcoming projects!

>>> Don’t miss Miss Scarlet and The Duke on 31 March 2020 9:00pm on Alibi channel! <<<

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Outlander Season 2: Bonnie Prince Charlie, Fergus & More Roles Cast

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According to Access Hollywood Andrew Gower has been cast in season 2 of Starz’ hit TV show Outlander.

Andrew Gower, a graduate of the Oxford School of Drama, will play Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Stuart), who Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) will meet in Season 2.

Charlie has a taste for alcohol and the ladies, and is determined to achieve glory, no matter the price.

Andrew hails from Liverpool (which is also where Stephen Walters, who plays Angus, is from). He played Caligula in NBC’s “AD: The Bible.” Andrew also is an alum of the UK’s “Being Human,” and the medical drama “Monroe.”

(Source: Access Online)

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Dr Monroe (James Nesbitt) is still reeling from his failed surgery last week. When he operates on 25 year old Alex Schofield (Gwilym Lee), who has a benign tumor in his spine, he loses confidence altogether and stops the procedure midway. Only after he successfully removes a knife from a rugby fan’s head, he gains his “mojo” back.

Shepherd (Tom Riley) and Bremner (Sarah Parish) decide to try counselling to save their relationship but Shepherd still tries to deal with his infidelty and whether or not he should reveal the truth to Bremner which would potentially endanger Sarah Witney’s (Christina Chong) job.

Springer’s (Luke Allen-Gale) promotion as registrar has slightly gone to his head until Mullery (Andrew Gower) mocks him about his new appearance and tells him that he hadn’t been Monroe’s first choice. Witney asks Springer out on a date but instead of going to a fancy restaurant, they end up at Monroe’s house and poker night.

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Monroe (James Nesbitt) has a hard time deciding which of his two trainees to keep as registrar and which one to let go: Daniel Springer (Luke Allen-Gale) or Kitty Wilson (Michelle Asante). Dr Bremner (Sarah Parish) continues to alienate Shepherd (Tom Riley) with her behaviour and suggests counselling but he starts to seek comfort elsewhere while Springer clumsily tries to ask Witney out on a date.

When Bremner and her registrar Sarah Witney (Christina Chong) are tied up in the operating theatre, Mullery (Andrew Gower) takes the chance to remove a nail from a young boy’s heart in an emergency surgery overseen by Dr Gillespie (Neil Pearson). He performs well but is worried about Witney’s reaction when she finds out that she’s missed out on this very rare procedure.

Monroe’s patients are Lynn Monkford (Caroline Strong), a woman with terminal cancer, whose surgery – meant to make her final months a bit more tolerable – doesn’t go as planned, and teenager Shelly Maxwell (Amelia Young), who has a malfunctioning brain shunt. While Graham Birdwell (Martin Walsh) undergoes a double heart bypass, the hospital staff take care of his mentally disabled brother Geoffrey (Tim Dantay).

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Eighteen months have passed since the events of the season 1 finale and a lot has changed at the fictional St Matthew’s Hospital. cardiothoracic surgeon Jenny Bremner (Sarah Parish) now has a baby with anaesthetist Lawrence Shepherd (Tom Riley), there’s a new Head of Clinical Services Alistair Gillespie (Neil Pearson) and Andrew Mullery (Andrew Gower) has transferred to general surgery and is now a registrar.

Changing his specialty has also given a boost of confidence to Mullery, who is now a much more accepted member of staff at the hospital and has become friends with fellow registrar Sarah Witney (Christina Chong). Together with trainees Daniel Springer (Luke Allen-Gale) and Kitty Wilson (Michelle Asante), they have formed a close-knit circle much like the older doctors.

On her first day back at work after maternity leave, Bremner is torn between her guilt as a young mother leaving her baby in the care of a stranger and feeling sidelined after being out of her job for so long. Dr Monroe (James Nesbitt) still struggles with accepting all the differences at work, when his son announces his engagement to girlfriend Donna (Karla Crome).

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Exciting times for the young surgeons at St Matthew’s: their training is over and it is time for their assessment. All of them are eager to please their supervisors and secure their place at the hospital. Mullery (Andrew Gower) is also a “cute embarrassment” to girlfriend and fellow surgeon Sally Fortune (Manjinder Virk) who is still in recovery after her brain and heart surgery.

Anaesthetist Lawrence Shepherd (Tom Riley) surprises his friend Monroe (James Nesbitt) with the announcement that it is time for him to move on and find work elsewhere. During nightshift, Monroe is called to an emergency: a thirteen year old girl is admitted with brain damage after a car accident and it brings back some painful memories to Monroe.

Shepherd and Dr Bremner (Sarah Parish) have a long and honest conversation that holds some surprising revelations while Monroe receives a visit from his wife where they open up about their shared grief over their daughter’s death. Despite everything, life goes on at St Matthew’s Hospital after all.

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The stakes are set high this week as the patient of the week is not a random stranger but one of St Matthew’s own. Dr Monroe’s (James Nesbitt) main assistant Sally Fortune (Manjinder Virk) collapses during surgery and it turns out she doesn’t only have a life-threatening brain aneurysm but also needs heart surgery and a valve replacement resulting from an infection.

While Monroe and Dr Bremner (Sarah Parish) clash over the best way of treatment, Mullery (Andrew Gower) is plagued by guilt as he is blaming himself for Fortune’s aneurysm: he and Sally recently started dating and the two had sex the night before. Monroe takes Mullery under his wings while they’re awaiting the results of Sally’s second surgery.

Tensions are running high amongst the staff at St Matthew’s and affecting also their private lives and relationships outside the hospital. Bremner reconsiders her relationship with Dr Shepherd (Tom Riley) and Monroe takes another step in accepting his separation from wife Anna (Susan Lynch), much to the dismay of their son Nick (Perry Millward).

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After spending the night with Tatiana (Carolin Stoltz), an Eastern European biochemist, who works at tha hostital as the tea trolley lady, Dr Monroe meets his new patient, family man Brendon (Tony Mooney), who believes that God speaks to him through epileptic seizures. Supported by his teenage daughter Phoebe (Phoebe Dynevor), he is unsure if he wants the tumour, which is causing his fits, to be surgically removed.

Dr Bremner faces two very different patients this week: James (Tommy Jessop) is an orphan with Down syndrome and Alex (Harry Ferrier) is a cocky ladies’ man. However the two unlikely candidates bond over their mutual love for computer games, after James states that Mullery (Andrew Gower) is “useless” at them.

Nobody is more surprised than Mullery when Dr Bremner, who is in high spirits over her thriving relationship with anaesthesist Laurence Shepherd (Tom Riley), praises his surgical skills while treating Alex. Due to Monroe’s interference, things between the two new lovers soon turn sour though.

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Young ex-soldier David Foster (Matthew Needham) is admitted to St Matthew’s Hospital with a blood clot in his brain after a fall under the influence. Against his initial judgement and to everyone’s surprise, Monroe (James Nesbitt) decides not to operate on the young man and instead waits and sees if the clot dissolves naturally.

Dr Bremner’s patient this week is an elderly lady, Judith Wardin (Bridget Turner), whose daughter is very attached to her and wants her to be around for her grand-daughter’s upcoming wedding. Despite some misgivings about the uncertain outcome of the surgery, Dr Bremner (Sarah Parish) and her team operate on Judith.

Mullery (Andrew Gower) tries to impress Dr Bremner and outshine fellow trainee surgeon Sarah Whitney (Christina Chong). His clumsy attempts, however, are easily seen through by Dr Bremner, who voices her disappointment in him. Dr Monroe enjoys taunting Daniel Springer (Luke Allen-Gale), who has temporarily “misplaced” one of his patients.

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The “patients of the week” at St Matthew’s hospital are teenagers James and Danny. James tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head, after he accidentally fired the gun at his younger brother Danny and hit him in the chest. Dr Bremner’s team operate on young Danny to fix his heart while Monroe and his assistant Sally Fortune (Manjinder Virk) perform brain surgery on James.

Things are being complicated by the fact that James and Danny’s parents can’t stand to be in the same room after being recently seperated which is a constant reminder for Dr Monroe on the effects a split-up can have on children as he is struggling to admit the true reason for the failure of his own marriage to his son Nick (Perry Millward).

During Danny’s operation it is trainee surgeon Sarah Whitney (Christina Chong), who shows initiative, leaving Mullery (Andrew Gower) at a disadvantage. Mullery’s moment to earn Bremner’s respect comes soon after, however, when he senses her discomfort while dealing with Danny’s desperate and emotional mother, and rescues her.

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The medical drama follows neurosurgeon Gabriel Monroe (James Nesbitt) and the staff at St Matthew’s Hospital. The series was created by Peter Bowker for ITV and filmed in Leeds starting on 26 September 2010. The former Leeds Girls’ High School was used as the principal set of the series and transformed into the fictional St Matthew’s Hospital.

The main protagonist Dr Monroe is a blunt and unconventional yet brilliant surgeon who – underneath his hard shell – cares deeply for his patients, who are not only “bundles of symptoms” for him but human beings that he tries to help even beyond the operation table. This, however, does not help his strained relationship with his wife, who leaves him after their son goes to university.

At the hospital he is constantly at odds with cardiothoracic surgeon Jenny Bremner (Sarah Parish), who is usually flanked by her two trainee surgeons Sarah Witney (Christina Chong) and Andrew Mullery (Andrew Gower). Monroe’s best friend at work is anaesthetist Lawrence Shepherd (Tom Riley).

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