Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Potter Star Has Returned to His Bad Old Ways; Tom Felton Spent 10 Years Playing Baddie Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter Franchise and Is Set to Reprise His Dark Ways in a New Murder Mystery. SOPHIE EASTAUGH Reports

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Potter Star Has Returned to His Bad Old Ways; Tom Felton Spent 10 Years Playing Baddie Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter Franchise and Is Set to Reprise His Dark Ways in a New Murder Mystery. SOPHIE EASTAUGH Reports

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Byline: SOPHIE EASTAUGH

HE shot to fame as Harry Potter's wicked enemy Draco Malfoy, and Tom Felton isn't done playing the bad guy yet.

The actor returns to screens this month in Murder In The First, a 10-part detective drama that follows a gripping murder investigation in San Francisco.

The mystery deepens when police discover that two seemingly unrelated killings have a common denominator - the arrogant Silicon Valley technology billionaire Erich Blunt, played by Felton.

"I don't know why [I always play these characters] - there must be some kind of inner demon trying to get out of me! I'm not a very sinister person in real life. I just really enjoy stepping out of my own shoes and going as far opposite as possible," says the 27-year-old.

"Erich is very un-laid-back. He doesn't have any time for people who don't see the world the way he does. He has very little patience. I consider myself quite a tolerant, patient person, and he's the absolute opposite of that."

Although Erich reveals himself as a cut-throat figure from the outset, a plot ridden with twists and turns will keep viewers guessing as to the true villain's identity right to the series' end. Steve Bochco, the Emmy-winning writer behind NYPD Blue, and newcomer Eric Lodal who co-wrote the series, were so secretive that even Felton was left in the dark.

"Every episode, it looks like E someone else is in the firing line. We had daily sessions in the hair and make-up chair trying to guess who it was. I was in I don't always complete turmoil - I had no idea whether my character was guilty or not!

characters be some demon out of me! very sinister in "It was a bit daunting at first. I made them promise me I was not going to end up being some kind of tranny pole dancer, which luckily doesn't happen!" Taking on new challenges is something of a mantra for Felton, as Murder In The First is his first television role, playing a character that required a pitch-perfect Californian accent.

"It's always about challenging yourself and putting yourself out of your comfort zone. It's often the roles that I think, 'I'm not sure I could do that', which end up being the most exciting," he says. "It was probably the most fun job I've had since Harry Potter."

'' know why [I play these - there must kind of inner trying to get I'm not a person real life " Felton hasn't rested on his laurels since the game-changin fantasy franchise. In 2015, he will also appear in Against The Sun, a true Second World War story of three US navy airmen who fight for survival on a drifting lifeboat after their bomber plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean.

He has also just finished filming Clavius, a biblical epic that explores the period after Christ's death and resurrection. Filmed in Spain and Malta, it threw up some unexpected difficulties. …

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