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The Larkins star reveals wife's less-than-impressed reaction to role for surprising reason

The star spoke to Lorraine Kelly

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Nicky Morris
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The Larkins star Stephen Hagan has revealed that his wife was less than impressed when she found out he was cast as a love interest for Bridgerton’s Sabrina Bartlett. 

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The star plays the smooth-talking Tom Fisher who has his sights set on Mariette, played by Sabrina, when he first arrives in the Kent village. 

WATCH: Stephen spoke to Lorraine about his wife's reaction

Chatting to Lorraine Kelly on her morning show, Stephen revealed that his wife, who is a big fan of Bridgerton, wasn’t thrilled when he was cast opposite Sabrina. He said: "So I got the part, and she was like 'Well who’s playing Mariette?' And I was like, 'Well, it’s Sabrina Bartlett,' and my wife, straight away, knew she was in Bridgerton."

"I still haven’t watched any of Bridgerton, I thought it was the best way to approach it. She has seen Bridgerton, so obviously, my wife was overjoyed to know that I was spending the summer with Sabrina," he joked. "And obviously because of COVID, she was like, 'Oh I was wanting to come down on set,' and I was like 'You’re not allowed to,' and it’s like 'Oh, of course, I can’t come and watch you kiss another woman!'"

"No, she was very supportive," he clarified, laughing.

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The actor also revealed that The Larkins premiere date was a day of celebration for both him and his mother who had been told she was cancer-free. He said: "It was a double celebration, it had obviously been a Sunday night so she kicked out the champagne and we sat beside each other, with my wife and my step-dad, and we sat and watched it."

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Stephen also revealed that The Larkins premiere was a double celebration for him

"Which was brilliant for me and for her, I keep saying it’s as much her success as mine because she put so much work into it, but also she had a little cancer scare this year but she’s all good now. So it was kind of a double celebration that she got the all-clear and we got to sit down and watch this on TV. So it was brilliant."

For those who are yet to see the new ITV comedy-drama, it follows the working-class Larkin family, a good-hearted and optimistic group of people who are always happy to share what they have with others.

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