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Endeavour star Shaun Evans admits difficulty with Vigil role: ‘My idea of hell’

We couldn't imagine it either! 

Emmy Griffiths

Shaun Evans has opened up about his new role in BBC’s Vigiland has admitted that he couldn’t imagine anything worse than working on a submarine for weeks at a time.

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Chatting to the BBC about how he would struggle in that sort of environment, he said: “I could not think of anything worse! Freedom is the best thing, right? The freedom to go and take a walk, get a cup of coffee, get away from people. The idea of not being able to do that or to even step outside to get a breath of fresh air? It is my idea of hell.” 

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He also opened up about the extensive research he took on for the role, where he plays a Coxswain. He explained: “I spoke to some guys in the Navy who put me in touch with some submariners – one of whom was a Coxswain – and I spent a good bit of time chatting to them, to find out what their jobs entailed and what was required. 

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Could you handle it?

“Plus, I think importantly, what kind of person is attracted to that role – because I think if you’re doing it 24/7 then there must be certain common traits or qualities required to do it well. I was intrigued by what the common elements might be, and I think the key one is that you really do have to get along with people.” 

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He continued: “For the coxswain especially, you have to be available to others – be friendly, upbeat, able to rub along well with others - and definitely not a loner. There’s a real diplomatic quality required as well, in order to be able to straddle both worlds and liaise regularly between all ranks on board. The submariners I spoke to were just really fun, interesting guys, and by speaking to them I got a sense of the camaraderie between them, and what it must be like to do that job.” 

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The actor is best known for starring in Endeavour

The upcoming six-part drama follows Suranne Jones as a detective sent onto the Trident nuclear submarine HMS Vigil to investigate a suspicious death. Although the death was written off as an accidental overdose, Amy suspects foul play. But when the crew close ranks in the face of Amy’s questioning, a new threat overshadows her inquiry. 

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