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BBC’s New Blood plot kept actor Mark Strepan in the dark

Mark Strepan in New Blood (BBC/Eleventh Hour Films Ltd)
Mark Strepan in New Blood (BBC/Eleventh Hour Films Ltd)

THE twists and turns of BBC drama New Blood has kept viewers guessing.

And if fans are trying to stay up with the complex financial crime plot, they’re in good company – so was star Mark Strepan.

He plays one of the young leads in the all-action series and says the script by Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz is definitely a key reason he was thrilled to sign on.

“Anthony is a genius at creating these stories,” insists Mark, who plays Serious Fraud Office investigator Stefan.

“I remember when I first read the script I didn’t know what was going on, I was trying to work it out and I think that’s half the joy.

“It just feels fresh and urgent and exciting.

“It’s current and it feels like these types of stories are in the media every day.

“It’s fast-paced and there’s a real edge and darkness to it.

“There’s a real sense of danger about the world.

“But there’s also a real truth about fraud and crime and people whose lives are being ruined by injustice.”

Mark was one of the cast of Channel 4’s The Mill, but along with fellow newcomer Ben Tavassoli, who plays cop Rash, New Blood has shot him right into the public eye.

The sparky relationship between the two is one of the series’ strengths and Mark says the characters’ friendliness was mirrored off-camera.

“Ben and I have different ways of working but somehow they mesh,” he explains.

“I think in real life, he’s Stefan and I’m Rash.

“But working with him was great. We had a lot of fun and we just tried to bring in what we had off screen, on screen.

“When we met each other it was the start of the bromance!”

New Blood, BBC1, Thursday 9pm


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