Edward Bluemel: “There’s nothing wrong with being intimidated”

The star of Killing Eve and Sex Education talks to us about what it’s like being out of work and the age of unlimited television

There is something inextinguishably colourful about Edward Bluemel. Indeed, even squeezing the actor into double-breasted black tie did little to temper his fluorescent personality.

But who’d want to curb such charm? The 25-year-old is the poster boy for a new age of acting opportunity, and everything from his howl of a laugh to bundle of floppy hair serve only to grab you by your peaked lapels and shout: ‘Fun!’

Edward Bluemel: “There’s nothing wrong with being intimidated”

And Edward is certainly no stranger to fun. This year alone, he’ll be back to his vampiric ways in Sky 1’s supernatural drama A Discovery of Witches, play at spies in Channel 4’s period drama Traitors and hunt assassins in the second series of the acclaimed Killing Eve.  

In fact, 2019 had barely begun before the actor was schmoozing his way across Netflix in hormonally-charged hit Sex Education — a show Edward describes as having “a big heart to justify all the filth.”

“It was amazing,” says Edward. “It was a really young cast, but everyone was so passionate and such good friends that there was a real buzz on set. It was wicked — so much fun.”

There’s that word again — those three little letters Edward emanates and embodies in equal measure. But fun, the actor says, is really not that hard to come by in the age of unlimited television.

“There’s such a range of amazing TV at the moment — so many more roles than there were a decade ago. And things are changing in terms of representation and casting, too. It’s awesome; a really exciting time to be an actor.

Edward Bluemel: “There’s nothing wrong with being intimidated”

“Stuff like Sex Education also proves that these different platforms can be used to educate as well,” the actor adds. “I learned what ‘vaginismus’ was on the set of that show. So, if anyone ever wants to talk to me about their vaginismus, I’d know what they were talking about. I’d be surprised if they did come to me, though.”

A knowing grin, a laddish laugh; Bluemel is clearly having the time of his life. He lives in south London with four other up-and-coming actors — “we’re all very loud and annoying” — and, although they often compete for roles, he says everyone remains sensitive and supportive.

“It can be hard though,” he says. “If you’re out of work and catch yourself playing video games and watching Disney movies on a Tuesday morning, that’s not the dream.”

Not that Edward is out of work much. The new series of Killing Eve, the actor’s latest leap into the limelight, will hit screens this year — and he says that it was his most informative job so far.

Edward Bluemel: “There’s nothing wrong with being intimidated”

“It can be intimidating to join a cast of people who already know each other,” he frowns. “But I relish the intimidation. Because, if you see how comfortable older actors are, you can use that as inspiration. There’s nothing wrong with being intimidated. That’s how you learn.”

It’s an uncharacteristically philosophical thought from Edward. But before he walks back in front of the camera, he turns around, beaming: “It means clamping of the vagina, by the way…”

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