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Thursday 8 December 2022

Ciaran Griffiths interview: Jacob's dad arrives in Weatherfield

How does it feel to have joined Corrie?

Yeah it’s great, a little bit far away from home as I live in Australia now with my family so that part is tough, but it’s nice to be back in Manchester to see friends and I’m loving having the opportunity to work with some quality Northern actors who I really admire. 

What do you make of Damon?

He’s quite a complex character, he’s Jacob’s dad but he’s quite sly, manipulative and a bit of a wrong ‘un really. 

Are the viewers going to love him or hate him?

Well having said he’s a bit of a wrong ‘un I think he does have a kind of charm so you never know, maybe they’ll love to hate him. I think they’ll want him to get his comeuppance that’s for sure.

He says he’s back for Jacob, is that true?

He’s definitely got an ulterior motive, he makes out that he’s back to make amends with Jacob, he slowly starts to build up his trust but I think that will be to let him back down again. He's just using Jacob for his own benefit, which you get the impression he’s done for a lot of his life.

Do you think he feels any guilt about what happened to Jacob with Harvey?

I don’t think he does at the beginning, Damon is just all out for what he can get for himself, but maybe down the line some guilt will start to creep in.

He also spies an opportunity at the bistro, is he in cahoots with Harvey or trying to take over his patch?

He’s definitely trying to take over Harvey’s patch and do his own thing, he doesn’t want to be in Harvey’s shadow, he’s here for himself.

Does he genuinely have an interest in making a life on the street or is it more about the opportunity for him?

It’s all about the opportunity for Damon and how he can get around Nick and Leanne, which is by a bit of blackmail really. Harvey has lent this money to Nick for Sam which he’s invested in the bistro but Damon says actually I lent that money to Harvey so it’s my stake in the business. Nick doesn’t want Leanne to know about the deal he did with Harvey so that’s how Damon has got Nick in his back pocket. He blackmails Nick and puts him in a position where he can't say anything to Leanne so he’s forced to go along with what Damon wants.

Do you think Damon intends to stick around?

I think he’ll hang onto his stake at the bistro for as long as he can but if it gets too hot to handle he’ll vanish in a flash and leave everyone else to pick up the pieces?

Is he a ladies man, anyone he has his eye on?

He’s pretty much got his eye on everyone really, he’s flirting and checking everyone out, he’s just one of them, he’s definitely got a bit of a wandering eye.

Are there any actors on the show that you’d particularly love to work with?

I’ve really been enjoying working with Jane (Danson) again as we did The Bill together many years ago. It’s been great to see some other familiar faces like Samia, Andy Whyment, Alan Halsall, although we’ve not had scenes together yet. Also I know a lot of the crew from previous jobs so it’s nice to catch up with some old faces.

What do you have planned for Christmas? Any traditions you like to follow?

I’m going back to Australia next week for the Christmas break and I can’t wait to see my kids and my partner. Christmas is a bit different these days, it’s hot and we have a BBQ rather than a traditional turkey dinner. My partner is Croatian so we have all the traditional Croatian food which is really nice. Her dad gets the BBQ out, her mum makes loads of food and that’s now the norm for us.

What is the best bit about Christmas for you?

My kids are 7 and 2 so just watching it through their eyes, seeing how excited they are opening their presents, getting to spend time playing with them and enjoying the whole Father Christmas magic with them, it’s a lot of fun.

Will you be making any New year's resolutions?

I need to start off the New Year with a healthier lifestyle over here. In Australia I’m in a pretty good routine where I’ll get up early at 5.30/6am go for a run, do my exercise then have an hour to myself before anyone even gets up, that’s my time before I’m then on the school run. But I’ve found it hard over here being back in the cold, I’ll set my alarm then look outside and go back to sleep so I need to snap out of that.

Glenda Young
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Anonymous said...

It seems a bit strange to cast an actor who lives in Australia there are loads of actors that actually live in the Manchester area.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more

Anonymous said...

It is very clear he is a talented actor.

Anonymous said...

He's gorgeous and. Really talented actor - should be the next £James Bond


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