Poldark star had to take lockdown Deliveroo job

Where many actors and celebrities started publicly taking up hobbies during lockdown, one of Poldark’s recurring cast members instead got a ‘normal’ job – delivering takeaways.

Richard Harrington, who played Captain Andrew Blamey for three of the show’s five series‘, said he was getting no work from March 2020 up until the autumn due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Joining the rest of the world in being a little bit stuck for what to do in lockdown, Harrington, 45, took to his bike and started working for Deliveroo in London.

“I’m normally quite a fit person,” he said. “But the lockdown had turned me into a lock-in, so I was thankful I was able to go on my bike every day because of the job.”

Harrington said he was “grateful” for the job, reports BBC Wales, having had no work for months last year.

Aside from the hit Cornish period drama, Harrington is possibly better known for his lead role in the Wales-set dark crime drama Hinterland. He is also expecting his second child with actress Hannah Daniel, and is starring in Fflam, a Welsh language TV show.

Since leaving Poldark in 2016, the South Welsh actor also appeared in Netflix show The Crown’s ‘Aberfan’ episode. This narrated the 1966 disaster where a huge colliery slip spilled into a Welsh mining village, killing several people including school children in their classrooms.

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Harrington’s character in Poldark was the captain of merchant ship Esmerelda, and was married to Verity Poldark. After a turbulent life on the show, including accusations that he killed his first wife and a duel with Francis, the character left the show in season three.

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