Our guest today is actor Himesh Patel. You’ll know Himesh as the leading man in Yesterday, that wonderful Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle film all about the songs of The Beatles (or the lack of them). But he’s also in a great new show called The Luminaries that will be coming out on BBC Two in early summer. It’s all about gold prospectors in NZ in the nineteenth century, and it’s pretty bloody good fun.
In a deeply pleasant conversation, Himesh and I spoke about his upbringing in rural Cambridgeshire; the reasons why he had a paper round until a late age; his new love of baking; and why an interaction with a busker on the New York subway will always stay with him.