Will Tudor has spoke out about why his portrayal of ice-skater Christopher Dean as made him grow as an actor.
The star of the new Christmas biopic, Torvill & Dean, said he feels channelling the athlete’s drive and determination has shown him something of how he could be pursuing his own career in drama.
He will pair up with Poppy Lee Friar to play Torvill & Dean, and tell the story of their early years and the creative spark between them which saw them sizzle on the ice – and set the rumours mills racing about whether there was moer going on between them behind the scenes.
Both said they could see similarities between themselves as actors, and Torvill and Dean as skaters.
Will and Poppy as Torvill and Dean
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Poppy said: "You just have to believe in yourself, they obviously believed in themselves and what they were doing, that was the drive keeping them going.
"It was almost an obsession, you have to have all of those things to survive as an actor."
Will added: "It released in me my own tendencies which were quite similar to what was in the script, determination.
"The discipline that Torvill and Dean had did feel very familiar.
"In a way, coming from this job has made me grow as an actor by studying another creative art form, see how people deal with that and channel it."
Torvill and Dean at the Olympics in 1984 performing the iconic Bolero
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The actors both said the programme, which airs on Christmas Day, is an "emotional" look at Torvill and Dean’s rise.
"It is a very honest portrayal of their story," said Will, "I think that’s what the public will really like.
"Being able to see behind these perfect routines. It’s a very moving story in that regard as you really see the human side of them."
Alongside the couple will be Jaime Winstone, playing ice dancing instructor Janet Sawbridge, Anita Dobson as Miss Perry, Jayne’s first ice skating coach, as well as Stephen Topkinson and Dean Andrews, who will be playing the pair’s fathers, George Torvill and Colin Dean.
Torvill & Dean will air on ITV on Christmas Day.
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