Daniel Mays Interview: Guardian

Lovely interview with Danny Mays in The Guardian

Daniel Mays is telling me about the periwig. For his role as the diarist Samuel Pepys in a new four-part ITV drama, The Great Fire, based on the true events of the fire that swept through London in 1666, he wears an extraordinary Gaga-esque confection of auburn curls. “Oh man, this thing was waiting for me in the makeup truck,” he laughs. “It’s one of those things where you have to leave your vanity at the door and embrace it…

The Great War: The People’s Story

Tune in tomorrow evening at 9pm for episode one of ITV’s The Great War: The People’s Story.
The 4 episodes tell the real-life stories of soldiers, from privates to officers, their wives and girlfriends left behind, and people from Britain’s villages and cities. They are portrayed by a cast of actors including Alison Steadman, Daniel Mays, Claire Foy, Brian Cox, Romola Garai, MyAnna Buring and Matthew McNulty, who speak their words as they were written in their diaries and letters.

These moving accounts, revealing their intimate thoughts and feelings offer a raw insight into the profound impact of being caught up in a conflict that would change their lives – and Britain – forever. Sourced from archives and libraries across the country, selected in partnership with Imperial War Museums, which provided much of the material, and brought to life by actors – each story conveys the hopes, fears, heroism and tragedies of countless ordinary British people… made all the more powerful by the fact that every word is real.

Daniel Mays stars in episodes 1&2.


Press Pack–World War One: The People’s Story


ITV continues their extraordinary coverage of the World War One Centenary with The People’s Story

The press pack includes a lovely interview (begins page 7) with Daniel Mays who portrays Reg Evans Corporal 1st Hertfordshire Regiment.

The extraordinary stories of ordinary people whose lives were transformed during the First World War will be told in their own words in a landmark new series for ITV, made in partnership with Imperial War Museums


Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914, the experiences of men and women, young and old, from across Britain and the social classes that divided society at the time, are vividly brought to life in 4×60 series The Great War: The People’s Story, produced by Shiver [ITV Studios]. 


Episode 1: Sunday 10 August at 9PM (Starring Daniel Mays)

Episode 2: Sunday 17 August at 9PM (Starring Daniel Mays)

Episode 3: Sunday August 24 at 9PM

Episode 4: Sunday August 31 at 9PM

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