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The Irregulars: Billy star Jojo Macari recalls horror after accidentally punching co-star in the face

Jojo Macari accidentally injured a co-star on set (Picture: Netflix)

The Irregulars has officially got us glued to our sofa this weekend, with the Sherlock Holmes story showing a dark side of the gritty Victorian era.

While Sherlock (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) is seen as a broken man addicted to opium, Watson (Royce Pierreson) relies on a group of street kids to get him information from the ground about mysterious goings on around London.

But those street kids – led by Bea (Thaddea Graham), Jessie (Darci Shaw) and Billy (Jojo Macari) – have their own issues after years abused in a work house, run by the evil Vic Collins, played by Alex Ferns.

Alex, best known as Trevor from EastEnders, is just as menacing as Vic in this series, with the character having a vendetta against Billy.

And one particular scene got a bit too realistic with a fight between the two resulting in some literal fists being thrown.

Speaking to, Jojo explained: ‘I did accidentally punch him in the face at one point, which was quite intense!

Alex Ferns took a punch during an intense scene (Picture: Netflix)

‘I’ll be honest with you, he’s not the sort of guy you want to punch in the nose.

‘It was accidental, obviously. These things happen, but it was superb.’

Thankfully Jojo got on well with Alex, and despite their on-screen hatred for each other, the young star learned a lot from the actor – who is due to star as the Commissioner in the upcoming Batman movie.


‘I loved working with Alex, it was really great, and if standing next to him in character was scary, I think hopefully that will translate down the old internet TV,’ Jojo said.

‘I met Alex for the first time at the Scottish Baftas, and he came up to me and I remember he gave me, back in the days where you could shake hands, the strongest handshake I’ve ever had in my life.

‘I was like “Oh my God, this guy is actually genuinely kind of terrifying”. But you break through the vibes that he is terrifying and he’s actually a lovely dude and I learned a lot from working with him.’

Well… he succeeded. With the pair’s brutal hatred of each other only serving to cause more violence.

As a result, it doesn’t take long for disaster to appear on the horizon.

The Irregulars is available now on Netflix.

Credit: Original article published here.

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