Russell Tovey lands unemployment comedy

Russell Tovey has landed the role of an art graduate who works in a Job Centre for new comedy 'The Job Lot'

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Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey has landed a role in new ITV comedy 'The Job Lot'.

The 'Him & Her' actor plays the part of a man who works in a Job Centre and hates it, and he admits he did his research by visiting the institutions - where people can search for jobs and receive benefits - and finding out what they were like.

He said: "It's a comedy about working in a Job Centre in Birmingham. I play a guy who hates his job. He studied art but didn't become the next Andy Warhol and has ended up working in a Job Centre. I visited a few for research - they are lovely places aren't they?"

However, the 30-year-old hunk admits there is a lot of pressure on him to do well in the show - which also stars Sarah Hadland and Sophie McShera - as ITV rarely do comedy any more.

He added: "There is a lot of pressure on it, as ITV have hardly done a comedy in years."

In addition to TV roles, Russell has also begun to break into film, playing a part in British hit 'Tower Block' and next year he will be seen in biopic 'Effie' alongside Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters.

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