I'm too weird looking to be a leading man (mirror.co.uk)
(on the popularity of 'Doc Martin') It always seems like such a surprise when another country sort of chimes in wholeheartedly, in a kind of epicurean way. Especially in the way it has been picked up in Canada and the US in almost cultish fashion. You're not going to be a cult in England when you're on mainstream TV.
It's really such a liberating role. It's nice to be rough with the elderly, violent with children, and generally rude to everyone. But audiences seem to like it, wondering what kind of outrageous thing he will say or do next.
I must point out that no babies were hurt in the making of the program this season. At heart I'm really a bunny- hugger .
Honestly, as I get older, I find it really hard to remember words like 'polymyalgia'. Some of these medical terms I can't even get out of my mouth. Some have to be written on the walls behind the characters with the diseases. (imdb.com)
"Jug ears and child-bearing lips" - his description of himself, said in a documentary about the making of "Doc Martin" (2004) which was shown in 2006. (imdb.com)
I think people need entertaining and they like being entertained. That`s all I do. I don`t do anything important, I just work in entertainment.
If there`s always biscuits in the barrel, where`s the fun in biscuits.