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Quote • JAMES NORTON • Looks

James Norton filming TV series Grantchester on Clare College Bridge in Cambridge in 205

James Norton filming TV series Grantchester on Clare College Bridge in Cambridge in 2015. Currently on BBC1 in McMafia.

‘I was sitting opposite my great-aunt Grania at a family lunch the other day and she was staring at me, in a quizzical way. Then she said: “Honestly, James, I just can’t understand why you look so good on the telly. In real life, you’re just so bland and normal-looking.”


11 comments on “Quote • JAMES NORTON • Looks

  1. beetleypete

    Families! 🙂
    I liked him as a disturbing villain, in ‘Happy Valley’.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. wavingatwales

    You can always rely on your rellies! I have come rather late to Mr.Norton 😉

  3. First Night Design

    Is Happy Valley worth buying. I was still in Crete at the time, I think. x

  4. beetleypete

    Sarah Lancashire was outstanding in all the episodes. Naughton was her bete noir during the first two series, and it was all gritty stuff. The rest of the cast is also on form, especially the wonderful Siobhan Finneran as her needy sister. If it’s cheap enough, (or maybe a used copy) then worth buying. x

  5. First Night Design

    So have I as he seems to have come to fame while I was living in Crete. I’m tempted to say from the evidence of Grantchester and McMafia that he’s just a lad whom the camera likes but isn’t terribly versatile but I suspect I’d have to see his villain before making that judgement.

  6. First Night Design

    Right. I went off Lancashire a while ago when she was cast in everything at the expense of other good actresses but she is always very watchable. Siobhan Finneran is superb – subtle detailed acting. I hope she doesn’t get too swallowed up by and known for Cold Feet.

  7. First Night Design

    Talking of rellies, parents who are also in the business can often be worse. I was once in a theatre tour for which I’d been getting some good reviews. The only thing my father said was, ‘VPL,’ i.e. ‘visible panty line’. Sorry, Papa, but you really could be more expansive than that for good or ill. I think I was supposed to assume he thought I was good because that’s all he said. He should have known perfectly well that was not enough. I’d heard him complain of others’ such comments to him!

  8. beetleypete

    I never watched Cold Feet. Not my sort of thing. I still remember Siobhan in ‘Rita, Sue, and Bob Too’, one of my favourite British films.

  9. beetleypete

    He was also more than acceptable in the adaptation of ‘War and Peace’ on the BBC.

  10. Mary

    You got to love your family, telling it like it is!!

  11. First Night Design


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