Thomas Turgoose returning to our TV screens in This Is England '88
Grimsby actor Thomas Turgoose is back on our TV screens this month in the follow-up to the Bafta-winning This Is England ’86. Entertainment reporter KATY FORRESTER catches up with the 19-year-old to talk fame, Christmas and being back with the old gang
RENOWNED film-maker Shane Meadows brings us This Is England '88, three hour-long films from Tuesday, December 13, starring Thomas Turgoose as rascal Shaun.
With echoes of A Christmas Carol, Meadows is set to take viewers to places they never thought they would go to.
Haunted by the devastating events that took place 18 months ago – when character Lol (Vicky McClure) killed her rapist stepfather – her and boyfriend Woody (Joseph Gilgun) both find themselves struggling to cope with the emotional fallout.
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And they are not the only ones lacking in festive spirit, as Shaun learns the hard way, just how much love hurts.
The TV series, which focuses on the mod revival scene, was first aired after the success of the 2006 film This Is England about skinhead subculture.
Thomas, who still lives in Grimsby, was happy to be back with the gang to film the Christmas special.
He said: "It's always a laugh. Even when we're not working together, we always meet up in Sheffield, Nottingham or Manchester.
"We all get on so well, it's like we've known each other all our lives. If I'm having problems with my love life I'll always ring Joseph (Woody). I can remember when I split up with my girlfriend and I was sat on the train on the phone to him, he met me at the station in Sheffield and we spent the day together.
"This time around we weren't allowed to have flats. We filmed in Sheffield and had to go back and forth and stay in a hotel because we caused havoc going out a lot last time."
But despite being a fan of the pub, Thomas has stayed grounded.
He said: "It's like living two lives, we go to work and then back to our own friends, I hang around with people I went to school with. The only time they talk about my acting is to wind me up."
However, there's no doubting Thomas has worked hard and, as a result, the offers continue to come in, including a part in upcoming BBC One war drama Birdsong, due to be aired in the new year.
Thomas said: "Nobody expected the last series of This Is England to do as well as it did. We thought it would get quite a few viewers because the film did so well, but to get Bafta nominations and Vicky McClure to win best actress was unbelievable.
"The new series is all about Christmas, it's a follow up to everything that happened in '86. There's a lot going on with me and Smell (Rosamund Hanson), and Woody and Lol have kind of gone their separate ways, but I'm not allowed to give too much away.
"It's not as dark as the last one, but it still makes you think. It's a bit psychological and an emotional rollercoaster if you get into it.
"It was filmed in July. We were going on set and there were loads of Christmas trimmings."
Although Thomas admits he's not very festive, he does enjoy a traditional Christmas and isn't after any flash presents this year.
"I just want Justin Bieber tickets, I love him," he laughed. "I have a cardboard cut-out of him at home.
"At Christmas I just see the family, have a nice dinner, eat chocolate and do nothing. And I'm looking forward to the football on Boxing Day, watching Grimsby Town.
"I will sit and have a few beers with my family and friends and watch the show, but I hate seeing myself on screen. I can't stand hearing my own voice."
But the viewers still love him. Watch Thomas in action in This Is England '88, which will be aired on Channel 4 on Tuesday, December 13, at 10pm.
For more about Thomas's future roles and his plans to hit America, keep reading your Grimsby Telegraph.