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7 TV treats of the week In virgin territory; 7 TV treats of the week to do. Country Morpheus' guide, to With a new role as an unlucky in love shop manager in E4 sitcom Wasted and a part in the next Pirates of the Carribean movie, Trollied star Danny Kirrane's career is reaching new levels, he tells GEMMA DUNN.

WHEN Danny Kirrane took on the lead role of Morpheus - a fantasy film fan-boy with a penchant for drug paraphernalia - in new E4 sitcom Wasted, he never imagined it would lead to filming a sword fight with the legendary Sean Bean.

"My mum used to fancy him, so I remember watching him all the time when I was a kid," the 30-year-old notes. "It was surreal being there with him.

"He was fantastic; really up for it," he adds of the 57-year-old Game Of Thrones star. "As he warmed into it, he started improvising, and it was even better than everybody thought it'd be."

Written by triple Bafta-awardwinning team James Lamont and Jon Foster (Cuckoo, Paddington, Amazing World Of Gumball), Wasted is a comedy series essentially about the stupid things people can end up doing when there's nothing better to do.

Set in a West Country village, it follows 20-somethings Morpheus and his neurotic sister Sarah (Rose Reynolds), who manage a bong shop together; quirky Alison (Gwyneth Keyworth), who runs a tattoo business at the back of the shop and who Morpheus has a secret crush on, and his cocky best friend Kent (Dylan Edwards), who sleeps on the sofa, rent-free.

They've all been living in each other's pockets since school, and none of them are going anywhere fast. But Morpheus is a dreamer, and his dreams take the form of his vape-smoking hero Sean Bean, who appears in full medieval garb as Morpheus' personal spirit guide, to offer some stern Northern advice in his hour of need.

So can Danny relate to selfprofessed virgin Morpheus? "I don't think I was very much like him," reveals the Yorkshire-born actor, admitting he based some of his character's traits on someone he studied with. "I did physics at university so I am a little bit geeky, but I don't feel like I'm an uber-geek like he is.

"I suppose you go through those years when you're 13-15, where you have a weird time; you don't know what you want to do, or how you're going to turn out," he continues.

"And the whole virgin thing, that's never really been an issue for me, but I certainly know what it's like to be a young person who's in love with someone when it's not requited in the way you'd want it to be."

One aspect Danny can draw comparisons with is the warm and fuzzy cup of Nineties nostalgia that's cleverly dotted throughout. Think Ebeneezer Goode circa 1992 to hilarious effect.

"I loved the Nineties!" he cries excitedly. "I grew up in the Nineties so they were [my] best years, when you're a teenager going into your late-teens.

"I was at school, I loved the music at the time and, I don't want to get too deep, but [with] all the stuff that's going on at the moment, there was something about the Nineties that didn't feel quite as dark. The future seemed better then."

But for Danny - who 'fell' into acting after his grandma, unbeknown to him, entered him into the National Youth Theatre auditions - the outlook is bright.

Since starting out, he's gone on to impress in various theatre stints, one being Jerusalem alongside Oscar-winner Mark Rylance ("He's a friend of mine and I learnt so much working with him; I'd love to work with him again"), as well as roles in TV shows, including The Inbetweeners, Skins, Casualty, Trollied and, most recently, Doctor Thorne and New Blood.

It's his first foray into Hollywood - Danny will play Bollard in the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean instalment, Dead Men Tell No Tales - that's really set to turn industry heads, however.

"I had a great time," he reveals of the six-month shoot in Australia, during which he filmed scenes with the likes of Johnny Depp, Stephen Graham and Javier Bardem.

"We were sword-fighting on pirate ships out at sea. I got to horse ride, fire guns; it was like being like a 10-yearold.

"It was so exhilarating to do massive fight [scenes] with thousands of extras, with things exploding. I got paid to run around like a pirate. I mean, there's no better job in the world!" Watching himself back on the big screen though, when the film's released in 2017, might not be as enjoyable a task.

"Basically, when I look at the TV - this is going to sound weird but it's true - I've got a massive head, dimensions wise. I look like a massive dog - like Beethoven!" Danny exclaims.

"I watch stuff back and I go, 'I wish I'd not done it like that', and then there's other stuff I watch back and go, 'Oh that was good'.

"I find it helps me on the next job; I learn a little bit more every time, but the head sometimes gets in the way and I just can't [watch]."

Residing in London's trendy Shoreditch and wiser than his years - "I've always felt older than I am; I feel about 60 sometimes" - the world is Danny's oyster. But what does he want to do next? "To be honest, I don't know," he admits.

"I just want to play interesting characters who are different to me. I want roles where I can feel a sense of accomplishment, because it's taken a lot of work to build whoever that is.

"I miss the stage, I haven't done any theatre for a while but I hope to go back soon."

After pausing for thought, Danny concludes: "I just like a challenge, and I like working with people who are really good and feeling like I'm learning all the time.

"As long as I can improve and be a little bit better in the next job, that's enough for me."

| Wasted starts with a double bill on E4 on Tuesday at 10pm


||Caption in here | Danny Kirrane as Morpheus, left, enjoyed filming scenes with Game of Thrones star Sean Bean who plays Morpheus's spirit guide

| Wasted follows a directionless group of friends in a West Country village
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Date:Jul 24, 2016
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