Daniel Mays on The Great Fire: Samuel Pepys 'a middleman, an everyman'

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Daniel Mays on The Great Fire: Samuel Pepys 'a middleman, an everyman'
17th October 2014

Daniel Mays stars as MP and famed diarist Samuel Pepys in ITV's drama The Great Fire.

Mays explains how the 'packed' diary helped him build his 'passionate, truthful, three-dimensional' character, why he avoided playing Pepys as an east-ender and why the diary reveals Pepys as something of an everyman.

Mays read Pepys as a middleman ably digesting London society at every level, from the outraged working classes to lavish King's court.

He also discusses the long-standing mystery of why the fire started and the difficulty of accommodating his sizeable period wig.

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