Gerard McCarthy's soap swap fears

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 July 2010
Gerard McCarthy

Gerard McCarthy

'Hollyoaks' actor Gerard McCarthy was worried his soap career would stop him from landing roles in major theatre productions, and was shocked when he landed the role in a top Shakespeare play

Gerard McCarthy worried 'Hollyoaks' would stop him from landing major theatre roles.

The hunky actor - who has filmed his final scenes as bisexual cross-dresser Kris Fisher in the Channel 4 show - was shocked when he landed the role of Fenton in 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' at London's The Globe theatre, because he never "dreamt" his soap career would lead to such an "amazing" new job.

He told BANG Showbiz: "It's one of those things, isn't it. When you're in a soap, you think, 'I would love to leave and be able to do something like Shakespeare. Doing it at The Globe would be amazing - in an ideal world scenario. But that's never really going to happen.'

"It hadn't really crossed my mind because I always try and think realistically. I hoped that I'd leave and do a bit of theatre, hopefully in the West End, but I never even dreamt that while I was still on screen in 'Hollyoaks' I'd be performing at The Globe , too."

The 29-year-old actor is thrilled to be touring with the show and was even more "flattered" by comments made by the director Christopher Luscombe - where he called Gerard "handsome" and "witty".

However, Gerard is convinced a mistake has been made and he will be turned away from rehearsals when they start next week.

He said: "When I read the comments from Christopher, I just thought, 'Oh my God, that's really flattering and really complementary. I'm worried that when I walk in on the first day of rehearsals he'll look at me and go, 'No, not him! That's not the one I wanted!

"I can't wait to open at The Globe, then bring the show to New York and Los Angeles. We go to the States in October, then come back to England in December. It's so exciting!"

'The Merry Wives of Windsor' will open at London's coveted Globe theatre next month.

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