Russell Tovey to leave Being Human UK.
Russell Tovey has told his followers on Twitter that he is leaving the UK series of Being Human.
“Hey my lovely witty’s, you may or may not know by now, but I am leaving Being Human officially. Thought you should all know… I’m sorry.”
Tovey, who played George Sands (a werewolf), told the Guardian that the Being Human team have known of his decision for a while, but said that Toby Whithouse, the creator, will continue with the show, as he has after the departure of Aidan Turner.
Being Human, which up until the end of the previous series also starred Turner as the vampire Mitchell, stars Lenora Crichlow as Annie the ghost, and focused on the three of them sharing a house and trying to live a “normal” life. Sinead Keenan joined the cast at the end of the first series, and Turner's character was killed off at the end of the third series, with Tovey's character killing his.
“Aidan’s left to film The Hobbit in New Zealand [with Peter Jackson] and going on without him on this fourth series felt strange,” says Tovey.
The fourth series of Being Human is due to air in early 2012, with a new vampire, Hal, played by Damien Molony (as we reported in a previous article).
“With Being Human the story can definitely go on and on,” said Tovey in response to questions about how the series will continue with only one original cast member. “Toby still runs it and they can do all sorts… add giants and robots.”
In the meantime, Tovey is still working on BBC Three’s Him & Her and says that, “This second series seems more sure of itself. Stefan [Golaszewski, the writer] has notched it up, the characters have become more grotesque.”
He also commented that he reckons Steve is the closest he has come to playing a character like himself. “Steve is so straight, like so many of the people I play, but I’m incredibly relaxed in the role,” he says. “The humour is completely to my taste.”
On top of that, Tovey has also begun filming Effie, Emma Thompson‘s upcoming film about the art critic John Ruskin, in which he stars alongside Julia Walters, and Dakota Fanning.
“I’ve been so involved with TV shows, I’ve been unavailable for films, which is my dream,” says Tovey. “I’d love the career of Julie Walters. As a man.”
Effie will be released sometime in 2012, and the second series of Him & Her is currently being shown on BBC Three.
More information about Being Human can be found on the BBC page here and information on Him and Her can be found here.
Thanks to Charlie Derry and DigitalSpy for the original story.