Darcy Grey, who recently joined Emmerdale as Marcus Dean, the son of the evil Pierce Harris, has shared some details about his new character.
The actor, who will make his debut on the soap next month, was announced to be joining the cast earlier this month, and will star alongside Rhona Goskirk, whose ex-husband Pierce is currently serving time in prison.
The reappearance of Marcus will undoubtedly be difficult for Rhona, who believed she had put the dark period behind her, with doubts raised about her ability to let Marcus into her life.
Darcy, however, described his character as “interesting” and “a bit of an outcast” in interviews with Digital Spy and other media.
“At this point in the storyline, he doesn’t necessarily know what his position is, and the interesting point is that it has shifted what he thought was a calm life,” he explained.
“He’s got a job, he knows where his mother lives, and he thought he knew where he was, but then this piece of information about his father comes through, and it’s just shifted everything back to this unstable position for him.”
“I believe he’s an outcast because his father has always put pressure on him. He left when he was young, so he never had the clear path that many people do, and now that he’s arrived in the village, it’s kind of an open book as to where Marcus’ next stage of life will take him, which is why I think it’s an exciting time in his life.”
However, Darcy went on to suggest that Marcus may not be completely different from his evil father, saying: “I think we all don’t think that we’re like our parents in real life.
“Even though we’ve been empathetically close, there’s always been a separation between me and my father. I know him well, but I didn’t grow up with him, and so there’s always been a separation between us. I’ve always thought, “I’m not really like him, I’m definitely like my mother.”
“But as I get older, I notice little bits where I’m like, ‘My dad reacts like that, my dad does those sorts of things,’ so I think Marcus likes to think he’s nothing like his father, but I think that instinctual thing comes out of him through the story, and that’s the bit where we’ll tend to see that he’s quite similar to his dad at some point.”
As for joining the Emmerdale cast, Darcy admitted it was “still very much a pinch-yourself type of moment”.
“I don’t think it’s even sunk in now and I’ve done quite a bit of filming with Zoe [Henry] and Mark [Charnock],” he said.
“You just feel lucky to be part of an ensemble because I was having a chat with my agent beforehand, I was dying to do some theatre, something to work in and amongst a group of people because that’s the bit that I personally find quite a lot of fun and she literally delivered because everyone so far that I’ve met has been so lovely and even though it’s a different type of aesthetic when you’re filming during this pandemic, it still feels like a big strong family so its lovely to come in and see all the smiley faces.”
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