Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Not Afraid to Be Linked with Fame; He May Lead in Amazon Epic the Man in the High Castle, but Actor Rupert Evans Has Had to Get Used to Sharing the Limelight in Psychological Horror the Boy. He Tells Gemma Dunn Why Working with Creepy Doll Brahms Was 'Weird but Fun'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Not Afraid to Be Linked with Fame; He May Lead in Amazon Epic the Man in the High Castle, but Actor Rupert Evans Has Had to Get Used to Sharing the Limelight in Psychological Horror the Boy. He Tells Gemma Dunn Why Working with Creepy Doll Brahms Was 'Weird but Fun'

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IT'S been a stellar year for Rupert Evans, but the modest Brit maintains fame isn't on his radar. "I don't really think about it much if I'm honest," muses the polite 40-year-old actor. "I just do an actor's work.

"From time to time there are a few people who notice me, but I'm certainly not in the Dr Who sphere, if you know what I mean, so I don't have to worry about that too much."

As we speak, Evans is preparing to fly back to Vancouver to reprise his lead as Frank Frink in the second series of Amazon epic The Man In The High Castle.

"You caught me packing; I'm literally moving stuff right now," he confesses down the phone.

"I'm used to it though. I've got a system, and taking down the suitcase is a sort of ceremonial thing for me now."

He's quite the multi-tasker, it seems, as he doesn't once lose his train of thought.

"I've read through the first couple of scripts and it's really exciting to see what they're going to do with the characters. The ideas they've got are pretty spectacular," he reveals of the dystopian alternative-history series, which is listed as the most-watched series on Amazon's streaming service.

"The second season is also great because everybody knows each other and knows what they're doing a bit more now."

Proud to be part of a show that's a key marker in shifting viewing habits, he adds: "It's a really interesting time for TV. The way people watch it is changing - and the way that the Internet is going means you'll be able to watch everything when you want to watch it. "I don't know when it will all settle, or where it will all get to, but it seems as though streaming is the way forward."

Starting out with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Evans has long been a VIP of the stage world; but it was Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro's 2004 adaptation of Mike Mignola's comic book series, which marked his big-screen debut and triggered a move into the realm of TV and film.

Twelve years on and the Staffordshire-born actor continues to fly the British flag - most recently in director William Brent Bell's latest thriller, The Boy.

"It's got a bit of everything," quips the handsome star. …

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