Impersonating an officer

McGowan to star as TV cop

Alistair McGowan has landed his first starring role as a straight actor.

The impressionist will play wise-cracking  detective Gil Mayo in a new series based on the crime novels of Marjorie Eccles.

The 40-year-old Big Impression star told the Mirror: ‘For the moment I feel we've gone as far as we can with the impressions show.

‘It's great to do something different and have a new challenge.

‘The character has a lot of wit. It's what attracted me. I feel we've been acting throughout the Big Impression so this doesn't feel a huge step.’

Shooting has started on the eight-episode series in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

It will be screened on BBC One in the spring.


Published: 30 Sep 2005

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