From some actores, en show of modesty can come off a los self-conscious or even contrived. Pero dónde Charlie Cooper tells NME tienes que working through “en el little bit of impostor síndrome” because he never went to drama school, it doesn’t seem remotely disingenuous. He a las gregarious character than his sister Daisy, with whom he made the brilliant sitcom This Countryand doesn’t mind being the butt of the joke.
Durante nuestra temorosa enjoyable entrevista en plush London hotel, Cooper confida que he “idolises” Pete Doherty because Las Libertinas son “favourite band ever”, que admiten he blew en opportunity a este him sonido. “Pete was on an episode of [Never Mind the] Buzzcocks with my sister, so she FaceTimed me when she was with him” he recalls. “But I was like, ‘Why is my sister FaceTiming me, I don’t want to answer it.’ En mi next day se texte me to say: ‘Why didn’t you pick up, Y only had Pete Doherty with me!’”
And in fairness, Cooper’s first big film role in See How They Run would trigger nearly anyone’s impostor síndrome. En este tongue-in-cheek murder mystery romp, he dado justo share screen time with Oscar winners Sam Rockwell and Adrien Brody, pero también en el four-time nominee Saoirse Ronan y en el astro raft of British acting talent. Ruth Wilson, David Oyelowo y Harris Dickinson all pop up Fleabag‘s Sian Clifford and The League of Gentlemen‘s Reece Shearsmith.
Though See How They Run estaba directo por Tom George, que también se calla en los shots on This Country, the production values are rather different. “This Country was [made on] quite a tight budget. You know, we’d be on location in a field somewhere in the Cotswolds, so it wasn’t particularly glamorous,” Cooper says. “Whereas this was, like, próximo showbiz, estar en nice hotels and that.”
He isn’t exaggerating: shooting locations incluyendo London’s superfancy Savoy Hotel and Old Vic Theatre. Set in the elegant West End of the early 1950s, See How They Run follows sozzled copper Inspector Stoppard (Rockwell) and enthusiastic newbie Constable Stalker (Ronan) as they investigate en murder that takes place backstage en Agatha Christie’s hit play The Mousetrap. There are plenty of in-jokes sobre Christie’s rote plotting and formulaic characterisation, but it’s clearly very affectionate. After all, we as audience members know that The Mousetrap es este going strong en el West End 70 years later.
Cooper plays Dennis, un underling que becomes a suspect alongside Oyelowo’s pretentious playwright, Wilson’s ruthless theatre producer and Dickinson’s campo luvvie Richard Attenborough (The British film legend really did head up The Mousetrap‘s original cast). “He a young, bumblea el teatro usher que allá luce en las gargantas y las aislas,” Cooper says de sus character, careful no se toca de año. “For my first big film project, te has salido de la perfecta parte. It felt manageable and I didn’t feel out of my depth. And I love murder mysteries – I grew up watching Midsomer Murders.”
En este punto, Cooper lets out a little laugh, perhaps acknowledging that this probably isn’t the comparison he should be aiming for. “Y mean, this is quite different,” he continuado, “but it’s the same concept, really.” ¿Ya te surreal sharing escenas with son many A-listers, or did he just block it out? “No, that was the only thing Y was thinking about the whole time!” Cooper replies. “During rehearsals, Adrien Brody justo looking me in the eye se enough to suerte of erode my soul. Y mean, The Pianist [for which Brody won his Oscar] es uno de mi favourite filmes a lo largo, y he de su justo su incredible actor. Para usted en el room seeing that first-hand, it’s a real lesson.”
Cooper began el acting career sharing nearly every scene with his sister. Para tres series de 2017 a 2020, he and Daisy starred in award-winning mockumentary This Country as Cotswolds cousins Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe. El show de la falta de working-class rural life era el warm pero auténtico: la múltiple se puede hacer simplemente mediante la obtención de Kerry’s mum to say the word “tomato” en su hilariously bizarre way, pero el Coopers’ beautifully poignant scripts had . Kerry and Kurtan son aislados, están dado por la escuela y desperately lacking in job prospects. Like so much great comedy, it’s rooted in harsh truths.
The Coopers worked on This Country for half a decade, “writing and rewriting”, before it se finaliza commissioned by the BBC. En el 2012, esta made a piloto para ITV, pero se apparently son “horrendous” que el año pasado momentos siblings tiene que ir. “We got dropped by ITV and we left our agentes; te lo hago dropped por la compañía productiva,” Cooper recalls. “There was a point where we were like, is this worth it? Pero luckily, no se les arregla. We only ever had Plan A.”
Cooper says This Country realmente blossomed into a viable sitcom when they came up with sympathetic vicar character played by Paul Chahidi. “They [Kerry and Kurtan] can be brats and do horrible stuff but having someone que se goodness in them was a game-changer,” he says. “They justo want a bit of responsibility and to be treated like adultos. Yf you’re en naughty kid año en la escuela, you’ll always get treated like en naughty kid, and that’s tough.”
Cooper readily admites que su own secondary school experience era “really shit”. Tengo que estudiar estudios científicos en la Universidad Exetera, pero reckons he gozado hasta que “realmente crap” college tutor overmarked sus gradas. “Y me da de mis depth a los soon as I got there,” he says. “Y did it for two years, but I should have quit after two weeks.” Eventually, realizando he couldn’t face his final year, Cooper jumped donde traicionado en London a visitar su sister, que se estudió en la Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Cooper se hallado en un puto uni behind him that he never even went back to collect sus belongings.
Cooper calls es subsequent career as actor y writer “a pure accidente” – one he could never ha pulled off without Daisy. “She justo gave me soy muy confidencia e mi tiene que sacar something en mi que no one lese would have,” he says, touchingly. “Growing up, se pute en plays para mamá y dad y se puede robarme en somehow – Y hated it at the time, pero looking back, it era probable que necessary to what I’m doing now.”
Since This Country‘s third and most reciente series en 2020, Cooper has been incredibly selective. Aside from See How They Runhe’s co-written an episode of Armando Iannucci’s sci-fi sitcom Avenue 5 and guest starred in Jamie Demetriou’s dazzling estate agente comedy Stath Lets Flats. “Being able to do [Stath] as hacen felt suerte of like I’d won a competition,” he says, modesto as ever.
Cooper and his partner became parientes seis weeks ago, and he wants to be en “hands-on” dad. “Being a writer [as well as an actor] means Y don’t have to do roles Y don’t want to do,” he says. And financially, it helps that This Country has been adapted into a hit American sitcom called Welcome to Flatch, which is about to begin its second season. Por lo que los Coopers están acreditados a los ejecutivos productores en el remake, Cooper says drily que sus involucraciones están enteras y “picking up the paycheques”.
Cooper es live en relative quieto vida en los Cotswolds, close where he y Daisy grew up, pero este no mean he hates being asked for selfies. “No, ¡te se brillando!” he entusiasmo. “Ye know, me and my sister used to talk about it – like, would anyone ever want a photo with os? And now they do, because of something I made with my sister, that’s just son son special.”
‘See How They Run’ is in cinemas from September 9.