AMC’s Preacher has cast another co-lead. British actor Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) has joined the drama pilot based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic. The project, from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Sony TV and AMC Studios, is about Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to literally find God.
When Chorley’s Joseph Gilgun was sent to drama school as a ‘sort of punishment for a acting like a prat’, little did he realise it would be the boost he needed to kickstart a hugely successful acting career.
Battling through school and college as he struggled with dyslexia, Joe craved a more creative outlet – while also trying to keep his mum and dad happy.
And it was his infectiously cheeky and confident nature which went on to land him well known roles such as the part of Eli Dingle in ITV’s Emmerdale, Rudy in E4’s Misfits (about a group of community payback youths who have supernatural powers), and more famously, Woody in cult British film, This Is England, which centres around the story of a troubled young boy who befriends a group of skinheads in the 1980s.
“I was eight when I was sent to acting school” Joe says. “I think it was a sort of punishment really, because I was always acting like a prat!
“That really disciplined me though. I remember once I was sectioned off into a group of kids and I really thought we were in trouble, but they wanted to put us with an agency.
“Without Laine Management, I wouldn’t be doing this interview now. They really believed in me, and it all started to come together.”
Joe soon learnt that the key to getting the best jobs for him, was to stop worrying about being so polite.
“I used to always mind my ‘please’ and ‘thank yous’ in auditions,” Joe explains. “But I wasn’t really getting anywhere.
“So I started to show my personality a bit more, giving a bit more cheek, and that’s what they wanted to see.
“I realised that you have to expose yourself, and give a bit of your own character away, because they want to see if you’re right for the part.
“Suddenly, I started getting jobs.”
SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 – Back in 2006 up and coming Uttoxeter-born director Shane Meadows (Dead Mans Shoes) began working on a low-budget British movie centring around the skinhead subculture in the aftermath of the Falklands War in the early 80’s. Based on his own childhood experiences during the time, the movie struck a delicate and poignant chord in the UK and helped launch the careers of young British actors including Vicky McClure (Line Of Duty, Broadchurch), Thomas Turgoose (Eden Lake), Joe Gilgun (Pride) and Jack O’Connell (Starred Up). It was hailed by many critics as one of the best British movies of the decade and in 2008 it won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the BAFTAs. It spawned two very successful TV miniseries – This Is England ’86 and This Is England ’88 – with a third instalment on the horizon.
After almost three years of waiting it now looks like This Is England ’90 finally has it’s shooting date. Last week ShaneMeadows.co.uk announced via Twitter that the show would begin filming “in September in and around Sheffield”. This was then confirmed by Thomas Turgoose yesterday, who clarified that he will begin shooting this Saturday…