Colin Morgan explains his attraction to dark roles: 'I think I look for a challenge' (VIDEO)

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Colin Morgan talks about filming the new series of Humans, doing post-production on The Fall and what attracted him to BBC1's The Living and the Dead

BBC1’s new supernatural drama, The Living and The Dead could be Colin Morgan’s spookiest drama to date.

Colin leads the cast as psychologist Nathan Appleby, who becomes haunted by the paranormal world when he inherits a family estate in 19th century Somerset.

The Merlin star explained to What’s on TV what drew him to these dark and mysterious characters he's best known for.

“It’s the darkness. That’s what attracts me," he said. “I think I look for a challenge. I look for something, which reaches into my gut and pulls me towards it.

“So far it’s been quite damaged characters. It’s been the ones that have got something I really want to try and understand and embody - be possessed by."

But his work doesn’t stop there. Colin has a busy few months ahead of him.

“I’m currently working on the second season of Humans at the minute which is going great.

“I’m also just about to do some post production stuff on the third season of The Fall, which is coming out later in the year.

"Again, Allan Cubitt has written stunning scripts. I think his third season is the strongest so far.”

Comparing his latest drama to previous work, Colin hoped that viewers will enjoy this as much as the others.

“I have got so much passion and love for this project that you can only hope that people have the same.

“I think it definitely has the potential, it’s got all the right ingredients but time will tell.”

For the full interview with Colin Morgan watch the video, above…

The Living and the Dead premieres on BBC 1 on Tuesday, June 28, while the entire boxset bis available now on BBC iPlayer.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.