James Norton has said that he “loves” his character Tommy Lee Royce in Happy Valley, even though he is “obviously despicable”.
the actor attended the premiere of the third and final series of the BBC hit show in Halifax, West Yorkshire, ahead of its eagerly awaited return.
Norton told PA news agency at the red carpet event: “I love him. It’s a complicated relationship I have with him because he’s a monster and he’s obviously despicable, but there’s no denying that he’s also very attractive.
“Everybody is fascinated by that type of character and so am I.”
The BBC show, set in West Yorkshire, will return in the new year after a seven-year hiatus.
Created by Sally Wainwright, the six-episode series will see Sarah Lancashire’s Sergeant Catherine Cawood follow the trail of murderer and sex offender Tommy, played by Norton.
The 37-year-old, who attended the premiere alongside co-stars Siobhan Finneran and Rhys Connah, said that at the start of the new series, “Tommy is in prison and he’s spent seven years increasingly being bullied. obsessed with Catherine and him. her hatred and his love for her son”.
The series’ trailer shows Catherine preparing to retire.
However, she is pushed back into the investigation when she discovers news about Tommy.
Catherine’s nephew Ryan (Rhys Connah) is now 16 years old and has his own ideas about what kind of relationship he wants to have with Tommy – the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as her father. .
When saying goodbye to the show, Norton said: “The ending was great. Sally has always wanted to make three movies and if we keep going, we can, and the audience will probably dwindle and get smaller and smaller.
“We take great pride in creating something that will be a huge hit.
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“I think people will be pleased and excited with how Sally has arranged things.”
The actor, who has starred in Grantchester, War And Peace and McMafia, added: “For me, this is a huge thing because it has changed my career, it has opened up opportunities for me. won’t get it and it’s the first big role. I participated in a TV show so I will always cherish and be grateful for it.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/i-love-him-james-norton-on-complicated-relationship-with-tommy-lee-royce-42220113.html ‘I love him’: James Norton on ‘complicated relationship’ with Tommy Lee Royce