Skip to main content

Douglas Booth: 'I was nervous kissing Mat Horne'

Douglas Booth: 'I was nervous kissing Mat Horne'
Douglas Booth: 'I was nervous kissing Mat Horne' (Image credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima)

Douglas Booth has said he was nervous about kissing Mat Horne for a forthcoming Boy George drama. The 17-year-old actor plays the Culture Club singer in BBC Two drama Worried About The Boy (opens in new tab), while Gavin And Stacey star Mat plays drummer Jon Moss, who had a relationship with Boy George. Describing the kiss, Douglas said: "It was fine, you know, it was very professional and no tongues, it was absolutely fine." He continued: "Before it, because I've never done a screen kiss before let alone kissed a guy, so I was like, 'where's this going to take me, what's going to happen?'. "Before the scene I was a bit nervous, but once you do it, it just kind of happens. You're George in the scene, you do it, and then you're Douglas. I don't feel like I've kissed Mat Horne, George has kissed Jon Moss." Douglas, who was born a decade after Culture Club topped the charts with Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?, added: "I wasn't hugely familiar with their music because I was born in 1992 so I missed the whole heyday but since filming I love it." Worried About The Boy is on BBC Two on May 16.

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.