Hatfield actor is ‘filled with pride’ after TV show is filmed in home town

PUBLISHED: 11:45 23 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:16 23 January 2017

Ricky as a Mollie for Taboo.

Ricky as a Mollie for Taboo.


An actor from Hatfield is filled with pride after the town was used in a popular new TV show that he appears in beside Tom Hardy.

Ricky Knight, 29, of Lemsford Road, plays a Mollie in Taboo, the new BBC One drama series that aired its first episode on January 7.

In the Taboo world, a Mollie is a man dressed up as a woman and Ricky’s scenes include him passionately kissing a man (in episode three, season one) and being shouted at by Tom Hardy’s character, James Keziah Delaney.

Hatfield House and the stately home’s estate were both used as locations for the BBC drama series.

Former Five Oaks Primary School and Onslow St Audrey’s pupil Ricky told the WHT: “It’s quite strange having a camera in your face while someone is telling you how to kiss and where to put your head.

“Everyone on set was really lovely and Tom Hardy is an amazing guy, he is so down to earth.

“To act with him is something else. In my scene when he walks in and says ‘who said that?’ in his grizzly voice we really felt like we had done something wrong and that he was truly telling us off and not acting, his acting is that phenomenal. Because the scene is so intense he would take himself away from everyone else between filming so that he could stay in character.”

Ricky, who worked in Hatfield’s Odeon cinema when it was UCI, also played the alien Toothless in Guardians of the Galaxy, featured in the film Nativity and has appeared in acted-out scenes in Crimewatch.

Ricky said: “It was nice to be in a show that had some scenes shot in our town. I get a lot of pride in the fact that Hatfield is used in so many films and TV shows; we have so many beautiful locations like Hatfield House.”

He added: “I’ve always wanted to go into acting from a young age.

“With acting, you just get to be someone else and experience being in different people’s shoes.

“When I was little I would watch The Goonies and go out in the garden and dig it up, much to my mum’s dismay. I wanted to run around finding treasure like they did and with acting you can.”

Ricky is set to feature in movie Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, due to come out later this year starring Jamie Bell, Annette Bening and Julie Walters.

When he is not acting, Ricky works for Exclusive Care in Hatfield and for a charity that his friend Jamie Hamilton, from Hatfield, set up called Perform and Give, which produces drama to raise money for various causes.

Ricky said: “We also remove the barriers that hinder participation and provide opportunity to those looking for a footpath in professional theatre production.”

To get involved with the charity visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/performandgive

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