Talking to the Animals
Above: Mark Williams in rehearsals for Doctor Dolittle. Photo: Alastair Muir Depending on how old you are, you’ll more than likely know Mark Williams for a variety of different performances. Firstly, I’m not referring to the current World Snooker Champion with whom our actor shares his name. If you’re a daytime television fan then you’ll probably know Mark as the crime-solving Roman Catholic priest, Father Brown. The middle-aged among us will almost certainly remember Mark from the hugely successful 90s BBC comedy sketch show, The Fast Show – which also starred Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Caroline Aherne. Younger people – and perhaps all of the above – will best know Mark Williams for appearing in the Harry Potter films as flame-haired wizard Arthur Weasley. In something of a departure from the norm, Mark makes his musical theatre debut this month when a re-worked production of Doctor Dolittle takes to The Churchill Theatre’s stage in Bromley. Paul Johnson caught up with one of the most down-to-earth actors we’ve ever met as rehearsals kicked off in the leafy London suburb…
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