David and Georgia Tennant finally appeared as an on-screen couple in Staged after almost a decade of marriage – but the long wait wasn’t for a lack of trying.
The 36-year-old actress – who plays a fictionalised version of herself opposite her man in the BBC lockdown comedy drama – has tried to work with him on-screen before, but got knocked back when one casting director claimed she wasn’t ‘convincing’ for the role.
She told Radio Times: ‘Nobody seemed to want to let me do it. For one part I was told by a casting director that I wasn’t a convincing partner for him…
I was like, “But we’re married. With quite a few kids!”
‘So, basically, every actor who could possibly play the part would have to be eliminated in order for me to be allowed to play his wife…’
For Staged – which sees David and co-star Michael Sheen playing themselves rehearsing a play during the pandemic – everything fell into place for her to finally get her wish.
‘I don’t think this is something we would have imagined we’d have done,’ David, 49, added, explaining that filming for his upcoming TV adaptation of Around The World in 80 Days got paused in March.
‘This idea presented itself,’ he said, and lockdown restrictions meant only Georgia would be allowed in to play his wife. ‘And anyway, imagine having to tell my wife that she was being played by someone else.’
They have both enjoyed the experience working together, and Georgia herself admitted in the past she wasn’t too keen on real life couples collaborating on screen.
‘Before, I thought husbands and wives working together was really cringey,’ she revealed.
‘Then I listened to Judi Dench – actually on your podcast [David looks astonished that his wife knows he has a podcast] – talking about working with her husband Michael Williams.
‘She said, “Why would I not? I get on really well with him. And he’s my best friend.” And I thought, that’s exactly how to think about it.
‘We enjoy it, and I feel like Staged has proved it’s possible. I’d like to go back to that casting director and say, “See? I can play his wife!” ‘
Staged series two continues tonight at 9.45pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.