Joseph Gilgun Network

Joseph Gilgun Network

Welcome to Joseph Gilgun Network! You may know Joe from This Is England, Misfits and more. You can catch Joe appearing in upcoming titles such as Pride, This Is England '90 and Enemy of Man. Here you will find all the latest news/updates on Joe's career, a comprehensive photo gallery and don't forget to check out our growing video archive. Enjoy your stay!

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.”

Spoiler warning: this interview contains plot details for Misfits series 5.

Can you tell us what we can expect from series five?

JG: It’s going to be a big year, isn’t it?

NM: Yeah, well, it’s the final season and we want to go out with a bang and I think the storylines are really fast-paced as well. I guess the first few episodes do try to revert back to the original style of the show where it was a bit gritty and messy.

JG: It’s a bit more power-based as well. I think people missed the powers last year because there weren’t many power-type scenes where they could see us using them, so this year there’s a lot more. As a result, it’s been a fucking ball-ache to film.

Can we expect any more Rudys in this series?

JG: Thank heaven above that there’s no more Rudys because, honest to God man… it’s just the amount of work that’s involved in shooting as three people. You’ve gotta do it all, so that’s three sets of lines on one day and it’s mental. By the end of the day you think your head’s gonna fall off, but this time there’s only the two. I’ve gotta say, it’s been a real joy playing them, but usually I prefer one to the other. Usually it’s Rudy because he’s easier to play – the big gobshite. I’d have loved to have done a gay Rudy – he would have been a good one in the group.

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After a career-defining role as Woody in This Is England, former Emmerdale star Joe Gilgun has recently enjoyed success as Rudy in Channel 4’s Misfits, playing a young offender with supernatural powers. ShortList got the straight-shooting 28-year-old actor on the phone to talk about Series 4 of Misfits, his pet parrot Ian and why he prefers a caravan in the woods to the set of a Hollywood blockbuster…

We’re excited about the new series of Misfits. What can we expect from it?

There are new characters, but there’s no change in the style of the show. It’s still bloody hilarious and frightening.

It’s your second year on Misfits. Do you feel like part of the family now?

Jokingly, they referred to me as “new boy”. I got bullied a little bit, but not in a nasty way. I remember Lauren [Socha, who plays Kelly Bailey] saying, “Let’s all have a group hug.” When I piled in she went, “Original cast members only!”

Do all the cast live in a big house while you’re shooting?

I lived in a caravan on the site where we filmed. I’ve actually got a caravan in the woods as well. It’s a Tornado Extra Large and it’s got the worst décor ever. It’s hard work if you need a crap but I’ve got my own bog roll. I’m like a non-committal, drug-addled Ray Mears…

What everyday superpower would you like?

A reefer that never stopped smoking. I’d like to roll a joint that never ends.

You’re in good company – Seth Rogen’s view is that smoking a joint is part of the creative process…

It’s mine as well, to be honest. I chuff an awful lot of it and I find it helps me immensely.

You appeared in a Hollywood blockbuster (Lockout), do you feel the pressure now?

Doing alreet, aren’t I? It’s mad. The pressure mounts up as you do better. I don’t know how to say this without sounding like a tw*t, but I don’t ever want to let anyone down. I’m a lucky lad, but I’m not Brad Pitt. I don’t go out choosing what I want to do.

What’s been the weirdest effect of fame?

Somebody is pretending to be me on Twitter. It p*sses me right off. I don’t want to get it taken down in case he’s f*ckin’ bedridden. If this person is lonely, I don’t want to f*cking ruin it for him. I’m saying he, but it could be she. They should stop pretending to be me and be their own funny self.

What’s the last thing they did that made you laugh?

They really lay on the accent. “I’m reet fed up of this filming, me. I reet wish I were back whit me mum ‘n’ dad eatin’ Lancashire ’otpot, smoking a f*cking pipe whit me big textural jumper.” Copying my colloquialisms – if that’s what you call it.

We know Shane Meadows is deep into his Stone Roses doc, but is there any word on This Is England ’90?

I don’t bother Shane. He’s a family man. The last thing he needs is some gobsh*te actor waffling about what he’s up to. I think he’s waiting for us to mature physically. I’m sure we’ll do a new one, but I think he’s waiting so you can visibly see there’s been a change.

How’s your pet parrot?

Ian? He’s really behaving, he’s done really well for this chat… Now he’s just started gobbing off. He’s not allowed on set. He flew off, the tw*t. As time’s gone on he’s become more volatile. But he’s genuinely friggin’ hilarious.

Back to Lockout, what was Guy Pearce like to work with?

Awesome. He was quite an intense man. Filming in Serbia was brilliant. We drank the whole bar out of this Serbian liqueur and… Hang on, sorry – me mum’s wheeling the f*ckin’ parrot through as we speak…

Will he sing for us?

No, he’s probably going to start gobbing. [Holds phone away from ear] Mum! I’m doing a piggin’ interview! F*ckin ShortList are on’t phone, you daft bugger! Christ on a friggin’ bike. Anyway, where were we?

What do you want to do next?

A job. Of any description. I’ve no work on, I want to buy a house, I’ve got tax to pay. I’ve got a mother to sort out and a parrot to feed.

Misfits returns to E4 in late October

 

 

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