“Where there’s Hope there’s drama...”before Democracy he was filming Mr Morgan’s Last Love, playing an American philatelist. Prior to that he was at the National Theatre, having spent the previous year in the musical, Dirty Dancing, in the West End. “I had to sing and I had to dance, things I had never done before,” he says.
It’s a neat snapshot of the sheer variety of his career. “I am a character actor and have worked with a whole variety of companies, European and English,” says Hope, from the experimental (Complicite) and the surreal (Ken Campbell) in theatre to mainstream TV from soaps to the green-headed alien Malohkeh in Dr Who, from Pierre in ‘War and Peace’ to Hooper in ‘Brideshead Revisited’.
“My first TV job was with Laurence Olivier,” he recalls. “Buffet lunch and maid service: I thought this looks very nice, I should do more TV”.