'Poldark' actor Richard Harrington reveals he took Deliveroo job during COVID-19 lockdown

Tom Beasley
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Richard Harrington poses during a photocall for 'Hinterland' at the 29th MIPCOM in Cannes on 8 October 2013. (Credit: AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Richard Harrington poses during a photocall for 'Hinterland' at the 29th MIPCOM in Cannes on 8 October 2013. (Credit: AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Poldark actor Richard Harrington swapped the glamour of TV for a job delivering takeaways during the COVID-19 lockdown, having done "nothing" for six months.

The 45-year-old star told the BBC he got on his bike and worked as a Deliveroo rider, saying he was "grateful" to have the opportunity to ride every day.

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He confessed that he had been idle between March and September last year, with movie and TV productions shut down due to the effects of the virus.

"I'm normally quite a fit person," he said. "But the lockdown had turned me into a lock-in, so I was thankful I was able to go on my bike every day because of the job."

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Harrington is known for portraying the recurring role of Captain Andrew Blamey in the first three series of Poldark — husband of Ross Poldark's cousin, Verity.

The star has also appeared in numerous period dramas, including the episode of The Crown's third series which focused on the Aberfan coal disaster.

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Last year, he showed up as Mal in several episodes of the brutal Sky drama Gangs of London.

His latest project is the thriller Fflam (Flame) for Welsh-language broadcaster S4C, which tells the story of a widow who begins to believe that her late husband is not dead after all.

Captain Andrew Blamey (Richard Harrington) and Verity Poldark (Ruby Bentall) in 'Poldark'. (Credit: BBC)
Captain Andrew Blamey (Richard Harrington) and Verity Poldark (Ruby Bentall) in 'Poldark'. (Credit: BBC)

Harrington said the subject of grief is one he has an interest in, confessing that he had a "complete breakdown" after the death of his mother in 2014.

He said: "I threw myself into work, I threw myself into running, I threw myself into the well-being of my children.

"But looking back I wasn't very kind to myself, I didn't give myself much room to think properly."

Fflam is currently airing on S4C, with six episodes in total due to air.

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