9:40am Monday 11th January 2010
Mr Tovey, 28, who plays the werewolf in Being Human, made high-profile cameo appearances in two of the BBC’s most watched Christmas programmes. He materialised in space opera Doctor Who, as well as making a brief appearance in comedy Gavin and Stacey, which revolves around his home town of Billericay.
Mr Tovey’s star has been on the rise for the past 12 months and he was tipped to be a future TV Time Lord by outgoing head writer Russell T Davies. But, for the moment, Mr Tovey is happy with the complications of spending time shacked-up with his supernatural house mates.
In Being Human, he plays George, a down-to-earth hospital porter, who every full moon transforms into a blood-thirsty werewolf. He said: “George just wants to be normal, and I suppose a lot of people in life struggle with this if they’re somehow different. “They just want to be the norm, but the point is, what is the norm?” Mr Tovey was also quick to praise Mr Whithouses’ writing efforts. He said: “With Toby’s writing you’re completely like, wow, where did that come from?” “Everything is just brilliant, when it comes down to one-liners, or a situation. Everything is just off-centre and quirky, which suits the piece.”
Finally, Mr Tovey said he has become a lot more in tune with his body, since howling through numerous hairy, snarling transformations. He added: “I’m naked a lot, so you’re running through the woods and there’s a 20-strong crew watching you and it’s cold. “But after you’ve been filmed naked once, you become normal with it. “