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Chester actor Tom Hughes to star in Cold War spy thriller

Former Upton High School student lands role in The Game on BBC TV

Chester actor Tom Hughes as Bruce in the Ricky Gervais film Cemetery Junction

Chester actor Tom Hughes is to star alongside Brian Cox in a new BBC spy thriller, which starts shooting this month.

The former Upton High School student will play MI5 operative Joe Lambe in The Game , from Being Human creator Toby Whithouse.

When a defecting KGB officer reveals the existence of a devastating Soviet plot, codenamed Operation Glass, the charismatic but paranoid head of MI5, known simply as Daddy (Cox), assembles a secret committee to investigate.

Hughes’s character is the troubled but genius interrogator, able to read every tic and turn of human nature, but hiding dark secrets of his own.

He said: “Joe is the type of character that you come across very rarely – on the surface one person, but inside someone entirely different. He's running away from himself. It is those parts that always attract me, the ones that don't just tick a box, they challenge. I couldn't be more delighted to have signed up for this project.”

Executive producer and creator, Toby Whithouse, said: “These are some of the finest actors working in television today and it's an honour to have them on our show. Our ambition was to create a thrilling mystery, with exciting and complex characters.”

Hughes was last on the small screen in the BBC2 period drama Dancing on the Edge.

Film credits include Cemetery Junction (Ricky Gervais) and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll , the Ian Dury biopic. He also plays Jimmy Kincade in Richard Curtis’s About Time .

Filming for The Game begins in Birmingham, London and Wales this month.

 

 

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