Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Enjoying the Twists and Turns

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Enjoying the Twists and Turns

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Die-hard Brookside fans may have been gutted when the Merseyside soap came off the air last November.

But actor Philip Olivier, who had played Brookie's baddy-turned-goody Tinhead for around seven years, saw it as a blessing.

Although the actor loved working on the show and considers some of his former colleagues to be among his best friends, Philip admits it was a relief when it was over.

"It was good working every day but it kind of gets on top of you in the end," says the 24-year-old. "It's been great to have a bit of time out."

Wisely, the actor's spent the last year getting his finances in order and putting his hard-earned cash into property in Liverpool.

With everything in place Philip's ready to re-address his acting career. "It's itchy feet time now. It's been a year, I've got stable so now it's get to London and get on with your dream."

His first foray back on screen can be seen in a dark comedy series, Twisted Tales, on BBC Three. In his standalone episode, Charlie's Angel on Sunday, January 30, Philip plays a guy called Iggy alongside actors Matthew Delamere and Corrie's Antony Cotton, as Sam and Charlie. The three lads are caught up in an unusual love triangle.

"Charlie's boyfriend dies and when he finds another love interest the ghost of his dead ex-boyfriend, Sam, tries to stop him from seeing him by haunting him. Eventually he tries to kill the new love interest, Iggy. It's hilarious," says Philip.

"I did get nervous. I'm used to doing serious drama ( I've never done comedy before. It's all about timing. I'll have to see what the general consensus is when it comes on TV."

Philip's now throwing himself into auditions and read-throughs and says he won't give up on his dream.

"Acting's always what I wanted to do, since I was a young boy. I'm always going to do it whether I'm working in McDonald's to feed my auditions or whatever, I'll always be trying to have a go."

It turns out that his ambition was sparked by geography.

"I lived on the estate where Brookside was filmed and that's one of the reasons why I wanted to become an actor," he explains. …

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