(Written for BritScene)
Russell Tovey has announced that he is quitting the UK series of Being Human, reports Digital Spy this week, telling fans on Twitter:
“Hey my lovely witty’s, you may or may not know by now, but I am leaving Being Human officially. Thought you should all know… I’m sorry.”
Tovey, who played the character of werewolf George Sands, commented in an interview with The Guardian that members of the Being Human team have known about his decision for a while, but went on to insist that creator Toby Whithouse will ensure that the BBC Three supernatural comedy-drama will continue to thrive without him.
The series, which focuses on three supernatural beings who share a house together, doing their best to live a “normal” life, also stars Lenora Crichlow as Annie the ghost and Aidan Turner as Mitchell the vampire.
Sinead Keenan joined the cast as George’s werewolf lover, Nina, at the end of the first series, but Turner has since quit the series with George killing off his character at the end of this year’s series.
“Aidan’s left to film The Hobbit in New Zealand [with Peter Jackson] and going on without him on this fourth series felt strange,” says Tovey.
The fourth series of Being Human is due to air in early 2012, and will introduce new member Damien Molony who joined the cast in October as a vampire named Hal.
Even though Whithouse has confirmed that the series will continue, we can only question how it will work with only one original cast member left.
“With Being Human the story can definitely go on and on,” said Tovey. “Toby still runs it and they can do all sorts… add giants and robots.”
In the meantime, Tovey is still proudly working on BBC Three’s Him & Her and says that, “This second series seems more sure of itself. Stefan [Golaszewski, the writer] has notched it up, the characters have become more grotesque.”
He also commented that he reckons Steve is the closest he has come to playing a character like himself. “Steve is so straight, like so many of the people I play, but I’m incredibly relaxed in the role,” he says. “The humour is completely to my taste.”
He has now also began shooting with Dakota Fanning and Julie Walters on Effie, Emma Thompson‘s upcoming film about the art critic John Ruskin.
“I’ve been so involved with TV shows, I’ve been unavailable for films, which is my dream,” says Tovey, suddenly all earnest and wistful. “I’d love the career of Julie Walters. As a man.”
Effie will be released sometime in 2012, and the second series of Him & Her is currently being shown on BBC Three.