‘I put on a stone and a half to play Lino in Cuffs,’ says ex Emmerdale star Alex Carter (VIDEO)

Five years after playing postman Jamie Hope in Emmerdale, Alex Carter (opens in new tab) is about to become a regular on TV screens again in BBC1's new police drama Cuffs (Wednesdays, 8pm) – a copper with a whopping appetite.

Alex explained to What’s On TV all about his banter-loving cop Pc Lino Moretti: “It’s quite refreshing that Lino is semi-witty and likes a bit of a laugh... He’s not the fittest of police officers and throughout the series that causes him a few problems, not only health-wise but through his incompetence and inability to catch a crimina!" "]

Alex laughed: “The chase scenes weren’t a problem for me as I was the fat one at the back. And I put on a bit of weight in between auditioning and getting the part. They asked me to put on weight and an out-of-work actor always says ‘Yes!’ to that. From that point onwards I put on about a stone and a half to play Lino in Cuffs, just to make a realistic level of overweightness. It’s something myself and a lot of my friends can relate to!"

He added: “Lino loves his food. Who doesn’t really? If you’re given a green light to eat anything you may as well go for it! He’s always eating and is from an Italian family so food is a big part of his life, and a big part of his problem."

Alex finds it difficult to compare his Cuffs role to his previous roles in soaps.

"I loved Emmerdale and Hollyoaks so much, and I love Cuffs so much too. They’re all completely different jobs. The biggest difference for me is Cuffs has a beginning and an end, which is new to me in television, and to get an over-riding story arc like Lino does in Cuffs is brilliant and the biggest challenge.”

Watch the full interview with Alex Carter, above.

Cuffs premieres on BBC1 (opens in new tab) on Wednesday, October 28.

Nicholas Cannon
TV Content Director on TV Times, What's On TV and TV & Satellite Week

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.