HE memorably played Budgie in telly’s Gavin & Stacey but pretty soon Russell Tovey could also be a star on the big screen.
The actor has joined the cast of new movie Text For You, starring pop diva Celine Dion in her first film role.
Russell has featured in a string of TV dramas this year, including ITV’s Flesh & Blood, but it looks like 2021 will see him make his move into major films.
A TV insider said: “Russell has been acting for more than two decades but, up to now, any work he’s had on the silver screen has mostly been limited to small roles in Brit films.
“Even Budgie in James Corden’s Gavin & Stacey was a minor, but memorable, supporting role.
“In recent years, he has made a breakthrough in serious TV dramas which have caught the eye of film casting directors.”
Last year, he had a leading role in Russell T. Davies’ drama Years And Years on BBC1, then that was followed by this year’s Flesh & Blood and psychological thriller The Sister on ITV.
Text For You is a romantic drama based on 2016 German movie SMS Fur Dich — an adaptation of the popular novel of the same name by Sofie Cramer.
The film stars Outlander hunk Sam Heughan, and comic and actor Omid Djalili, as well as Brit stage and screen veteran Celia Imrie.
Shooting of the film — which tells the story of two heartbroken strangers mistakenly connected via mobile phones — is currently under way in the UK and is set to complete in the US next year.
Good luck to Russell but he’ll always be Budgie to me.
SCOTS SLUR HAS FANS FUMING
CORONATION Street has been hit with complaints after Sarah Platt called Adam Barlow a “smug Scottish git”.
Some 59 concerned viewers contacted watchdog Ofcom, with furious Scots claiming the insult is rooted in racism.
The remark was hurled by Sarah, played by Tina O'Brien, after she caught her estranged husband, played by Sam Robertson, flirting with her factory co-workers.
One fan of the ITV soap said: “You know that referring to someone’s national origins as an insult or reason to deny something has been held to be racist, Sarah Platt?!”
Ofcom confirmed the complaints were all made in reference to a discriminatory comment.
WITNESS’S YEUN GUN
SILENT Witness is back filming after being delayed by the pandemic – and welcomes new cast member Jason Wong.
As pathologist Adam Yeun, he arrives after the departure of Dr Thomas Chamberlain, played by Richard Lintern, in the BBC1 show.
But his forceful style doesn’t do him any favours.
The filming delay means the crime series, which stars Emilia Fox as Dr Nikki Alexander, will be returning later than its usual January slot in 2021. Executive producer Jo McClellan apologised for the delay but added: “I promise it is worth it.”
DOT’S THE TOPS
EASTENDERS’ Dot Cotton, played by June Brown, has been voted the best British soap character of all time.
The chain-smoking matriarch beat her Walford co-stars Phil (Steve McFadden) and Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp) and Corrie’s Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander) in the poll by Perspectus Global.
THATCHER PHOTO BOMBED BY QUEEN
GILLIAN ANDERSON and Olivia Colman found some time for a laugh between filming of The Crown.
Gillian, who plays Eighties PM Margaret Thatcher, shared a snap of herself and her regal co-star with the caption: “Queen of photobombs.”
Clearly, they get on much better than their famous characters did in real life.
‘A LITTLE BIT LIKE TRUMP’
FANS might have loved it but Craig Revel Horwood wasn’t bowled over by Anton Du Beke’s judging debut on Strictly, joking that he behaved like “a three-year-old”.
Speaking on yesterday’s Lorraine about Saturday night’s BBC1 show, he said: “Now I think he is going to be a little bit like Trump – difficult to remove.”
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