Interview: Darren Boyd - When Darren met Dervla; A year after he got together with Dervla Kirwan, Darren Boyd reveals it was love at first sight. By Sally Morgan.It sounds like a romantic cliche, but when Kiss Me Kate star Darren Boyd Darren Boyd (born 30 January 1971 in Hastings) is a British actor. He began acting at age 17 in amateur theatre. He is a classically trained singer. He is 6'4" tall. Acting Career
Darren was cast in London’s West End production of Les Miserables first saw actress Dervla Kirwan Dervla Kirwan (born 24 October 1971) is an Irish actress famous for roles in television shows such as Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart.
Kirwan was born in Churchtown, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. , their eyes locked across a crowded room. At that moment, it wasn't so much a case of sparks flying as an entire chemistry set blowing up.
"I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. how to define it but, whatever happened, it drew us to each other like a magnet," says Darren, 29. "Our friends all told us that they could feel that chemistry too, that there was something special going on."
Dervla, also 29, was just leaving the BBC BBC
in full British Broadcasting Corp.
Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927. drinks party when Darren was introduced by a mutual friend. It only took a few seconds for them both to realise that this was the start of something big.
"She was in a rush, but we chatted briefly and I knew instinctively that I'd be seeing her again. It was one of those 'some enchanted en·chant
tr.v. en·chant·ed, en·chant·ing, en·chants
1. To cast a spell over; bewitch.
2. To attract and delight; entrance. See Synonyms at charm. evening' kind of experiences," says Darren, who's back on TV tonight in a new series of the BBC1 sitcom Kiss Me Kate.
Only a few weeks before they met, Dervla had been engaged to Grafters star Stephen Tompkinson Stephen Tompkinson is a British actor, born 15 October 1965 in Stockton-on-Tees.
Tompkinson first came to prominence with the role of the courageous but unethical reporter Damien Day in the satirical comedy Drop The Dead Donkey from 1990 to 1998. , her partner of five years. They met in 1994 on the set of Ballykissangel but broke up in September last year blaming "pressures of work". Within a few weeks of separating, Dervla had met Darren, and two months ago Stephen got engaged to PR executive Nicci Taylor.
In October, Dervla and Darren celebrated their first anniversary, and it is obvious from his broad grin that they are still very much in love. But mention their relationship becoming more permanent and he starts to squirm in his seat. "I'm very happy," he says. "And so is she. But marriage? Let's just say we're content as we are. I do want to get married and have kids one day but Dervla and I have no plans for that right now.
"I'm not the sort of person who makes concrete decisions about life, anyway. My philosophy has always been to embrace and accept whatever life has in store for me. Then I met this wonderful human being. What attracted me to her, apart from the obvious, is that she's a genuinely lovely person."
And he refuses to be rattled by the comparisons between him and Dervla's ex - both tall and blond.
"I've heard that some people think Stephen and I look alike," he says coolly. "But comments like that have no bearing on our relationship whatsoever."
To be fair, the only thing Darren and Stephen seem to have in common is Dervla. At 6ft 4ins, Darren is taller and broader than his predecessor in love.
"I've a tendency to put on weight around my middle," he admits. "I didn't notice until the waistband on my trousers started to feel tight. At first, I thought I'd shrunk them in the wash. Then I weighed myself and I was two stone overweight. It took me nine months of cycling, running and sweating like an ox to shed the pounds. Now I'm slimmer, people keep telling me how healthy I look.
"It helps that I'm tall. I take after my dad, who's 6ft 2ins. But it breaks my heart when I see tall men stooping to compensate for their height. You should stand tall and be proud of your size."
Darren's role in Kiss Me Kate had been written for a short, overweight man in his forties. "I got this character George's lines to read but I didn't resemble him in any way," he says. "So when I heard they were changing him into a taller, thinner, younger man called Craig so that I could play him, I was stunned."
In the first series, Craig, a nice-but-dim travel agent had an unrequited crush on Kate (Caroline Quentin Caroline Quentin née Jones, (born June 11, 1961, in Reigate, Surrey) is an award-winning English actress. Biography
Quentin has had an extensive television and acting career and has become a very well-known actress. ), the counsellor who lives downstairs. In the new series his relationship with secretary Mel (Amanda Holden Amanda Louise Holden (born 16 February 1971 in Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire) is an English actress. She made her television debut as an unsuccessful contestant on the long-running ITV series Blind Date. Amanda trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. ) continues to blossom in the face of setbacks.
"Yes, I've kissed Amanda a few times," smiles Darren. "But my relationship with her is professional.
"It's none of my business what goes on in her private life, so I wasn't a shoulder to cry on," he adds, referring to the recent blip in her marriage to Les Dennis Les Dennis (born Leslie Dennis Heseltine on October 12, 1954 in Liverpool, Merseyside) is an English television presenter, actor and celebrated saxophonist. Dennis married actress Amanda Holden in 1995, but the pair have since divorced (November 18, 2003). after she admitted a fling with Neil Morrissey.
Born in Hastings, East Sussex, Darren is the only child of John, a double-glazing salesman, and Maureen, a housewife. He caught the acting bug at 16 when he went to a local theatre rehearsal and was cast in Oliver. He got a diploma in graphic design at college, then auditioned for drama school, but his grant application was turned down. So he travelled around Africa, then did various jobs in a loading bay, a warehouse, and moving washing machines around a store, doing amateur dramatics dra·mat·ics
n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1. The art or practice of acting and stagecraft.
2. Dramatic or stagy behavior: Cut the dramatics and get to the point. in his spare time.
Five years ago, he got a part in the chorus of West End musical Les Miserables. There he began a two-year romance with Carmen Carmen
throws over lover for another. [Fr. Lit.: Carmen; Fr. Opera: Bizet, Carmen, Westerman, 189–190]
See : Faithlessness
the cards repeatedly spell her death. [Fr. Cusack, 29, who had the leading role of Fantine. A week after leaving, he was cast in Kiss Me Kate. Since the first series he has also appeared in the Channel 4 comedy Smack The Pony Smack the Pony was a British sketch comedy show that ran from 1999 until 2003 on Channel 4. Its title is derived from a euphemism for female masturbation; the working title was Spot the Pony. .
"My career is very important to me," says Darren. "But I won't sacrifice my personal life for the sake of it. I'd like kids one day, but being a dad isn't paramount at the moment. Even so, when I met Caroline Quentin's daughter, Emily, I thought she was the prettiest and most well-behaved baby I'd ever seen. It didn't make me feel broody broody
see avian broodiness. . But when the time comes Adv. 1. when the time comes - at the appropriate time; "we'll get to this question in due course"
in due course, in due season, in due time, in good time , if I turn out to be as good a husband and father as my own dad, I'll have got it right.
"My parents raised me with so much love and grace, and were always there for me. Fortunately, I come from a stable background, and it's my ambition to give my kids the same."
Whether or not that will be with Dervla, Darren is keeping schtum.
Kiss Me Kate, Saturday, BBC1, 9.30pm.
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