Harry Lloyd: Brit Hit

We meet the rising star

They don’t come more laid-back than British actor Harry Lloyd, who ELLE caught up with as he was relaxing with a café in Paris, where he’s currently rehearsing a one-man play.

We’re thoroughly charmed, you will be too...

Harry, 30, has popped up in recent years in everything from The Iron Lady, as the young Dennis Thatcher alongside Meryl Streep (‘She makes you feel completely relaxed on set’) to Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.

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But you’ll likely remember, though not necessarily recognise him as ultra-baddie, Viserys Targaryen, in .

'I had a pretty great wig, let’s be honest’ says Harry, ‘I would never do the things he does but when I looked in the mirror at this other person I could say ‘OK, I can be really nasty now.’’

So is there anything he wouldn’t do for a role? ‘I did a play a few years ago where I had to get my kit off and I really didn’t want to. The audience just saw my bare arse as Rupert Friend’s character was about to give my character oral sex’. That’s a no then.

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2014 is set to be another busy year: after Paris (and the show he has adapted, co-produced and is starring in - we’re impressed), he’ll jet off to New Mexico to begin filming a new TV drama, Manhattan, about a group of physicists as they develop the world's first atomic bomb.

‘I’m looking for an apartment near Albuquerque, where they filmed Breaking Bad’. Do stay away from the Crystal Meth Harry. ‘Oh, of course! No Meth for me’.

Hollywood may soon come calling, with the news announced that Big Significant Things, a Mississippi road trip film he takes the lead in, will be competing at cult music and film festival, SXSW.

Is he tempted to make a permanent move Stateside? ‘No, I love my little flat in Spitalfields. Lots of actors live out of a suitcase so it’s nice to have a base to come back to’.

We’re glad to hear it.

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