So. Aidan Gillen. He’s been off my radar for some time what with being in things on Sky and The Wire (I tried it, honestly, but it didn’t grab me), but his appearance in Mayday was frankly the only thing that kept watching. I had forgotten what an incredible presence he has.
The man radiates dangerous sensuality from every pore. Not to mention a general air of knowing lots of somethings you don’t. Also, like princes of the Lustbox David Tennant and Rufus Sewell, he has excellent hair. It’s no surprise that his version of Phil Hendricks in Sky’s TV adaptations of Mark Billingham’s Tom Thorne novels isn’t shaven-headed.
It’s a mark of his extraordinary charisma that he made it possible to root for Stuart Alan Jones in Queer As Folk (NSFW), a man who (I suspect) even the most benevolent person could only describe as ‘deeply flawed’.
This is also, naturally, a consequence of being a very talented actor, and as we have testified in the Lustbox before, talent is incredibly sexy. His gift for intensity helps of course, as does that voice. Unlike a Scots accent, I can take or leave an Irish accent (I blame overexposure to James Nesbitt some years back), but I could listen to Aidan Gillen read the terms and conditions of an Adobe update. If I could be gazing into his mischievous eyes at the same time there’d be no hope of getting anything useful out of me for the rest of the day. Or week, probably.
Anyway, I’ll be in my bunk…
Posted by Jo the Hat