It has been my long-held belief that some actors stay in “soap operas” for a reason – and that is because they’re not actually very good. I’m saying “some”as opposed to “many” or even “most” because I’m not an actor and even a poor performer is evidently far better than I could ever be (and there’s a “but”coming), but...
I watched Jimmi Harkishin in Coronation Street last night and his attempt at creating credible emotion at the death of his “beautiful Sunita” was, frankly, awful. Dressed as Casper the friendly shopkeeper, Harkishin’s character Dev demonstrated the “triple sniff” technique for displaying grief; it was embarrassing to watch and was bad enough to make Karl Munro’s best “guilty face” look almost believable – no mean feat.
I’m not going to dissect the apparent ability (or otherwise) of every soap actor (although the kid who plays Simon Barlow is beyond irritating), but in an attempt to prove my point, I would ask you to list any genuinely gifted actor/actress who, in the last ten years say, has gone onto bigger and better things after leaving Weatherfield, Walford et al.
I’ll give you two (with a probable third to come...): the equally brilliant Suranne Jones (pictured below) and Lacey Turner – now these young women can really act (Katherine Kelly would be the other...). So whilst serial dramas might be the final resting place of some actors who seek the security of a regular (and probably fairly hefty) pay cheque – and who could blame anyone for that? – they can occasionally be the breeding ground for a few of this country’s most talented and versatile television actors.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning in Eastenders) emerged from Albert Square to become another name on a list that definitely will not include the name of Jimmi Harkishin...
Sniff... sniff... sniff...
All my own work... almost.