Or rather: I didn’t. The first time I encountered R___ A___ was in the BBC dramatization of North & South. Ironically
given my later massive crush on the actor, I had presented the DVD of the series to my esteemed SO who is a massive fan of classical literature and enjoys watching period drama. Little did he know… or I, for that matter. We watched the mini series together, but being slightly underwhelmed by Gaskell (sorry), I did not really engage particularly strongly. I was too riled by the patronising tones of the piece than to concentrate on the finer emotional moments between the characters. Or the actors who created them – apart from registering the dark handsomeness of A___ and his goose-pimple inducing voice with a Northern accent as bonus.
Fast forward four years (!) to 2012 and a late February evening when I stumbled upon a re-run of Spooks. It was episode 6 of season 9 where Lucas North is entrusted with the care of hacker-babe Danielle Ortiz. “There’s your man from N&S”, I thought to myself, “He looks good without a cravat, too.” For want of something better to watch, I stayed with the high-paced show, not knowing anything about it, but drawn to it, especially when the conversation of the two characters went to music (if I remember correctly). The dark timbre got me again, as did the mysterious behaviour of the protagonist – who seemed to be on the “good” side but was evidently involved in something sinister. I loved how he comforted the woman in his care – but wait, did he deliberately stall the ambulance? I felt enthralled by the portrayal of the character.
Intrigued, I set about finding out what else the actor who had drawn me into the show had played. The next day I googled – and fell for Sir Guy, just by virtue of Youtube clips of Robin Hood. Was it the black leather?
Always sexy. The body underneath the leathers? Tall, lean, fit. The Guyliner? Eh, no. The stubble and sharp sideburns? That’s more like it. The tortured soul? A challenge that many women can’t resist.
I saw something fine. I saw an actor who made the obvious baddie a multi-layered character, sensitively and complexely portrayed. Rather than the usual baddie-pastiche as whom Sir Guy had been shown in previous dramatizations of Robin Hood, this version of the hero’s nemesis was a well-rounded character, full of depth, complexities, contradictions. He kept me watching – not just “for the plot” but for the
Gisborne plot. It didn’t hurt that he was pleasant to look at (even if not my usual type *at all*).
And that was it. I was converted. I could have left it at that. But I didn’t. And there was more. The descent into hell followed.
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