The Crown star Richard Harrington ‘grateful’ for Deliveroo job during lockdown

Roisin O'Connor
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Richard Harrinton as Captain Andrew Blamey in Poldark (BBC)
Richard Harrinton as Captain Andrew Blamey in Poldark (BBC)

Welsh actor Richard Harrington has opened up about taking a job as a takeaway delivery rider during the pandemic.

The 45-year-old, who has appeared in hit series including The Crown and Poldark, said he worked as a Deliveroo rider after doing “nothing between March and September at all”.

“I got a job with Deliveroo, going around on my bike and delivering takeaways to people,” he told the BBC.

“I'm normally quite a fit person,” he said. “But the lockdown had turned me into a lock-in, so I was thankful I was able to go on my bike every day because of the job.”

Harrington was recently seen in season three of The Crown, in an episode about the Aberfan disaster of 1966.

He had a prominent role in the BBC’s hit series Poldark, as Captain Andrew Blamey.

He also starred in four episodes of Gangs of London last year, and currently features in the S4C show Fflam.

The Welsh-language series follows a widow, Noni, who is struggling to move on after the death of her husband.

Harrington said he was “a little obsessed with grief” after losing his mother in 2014, which was why the series appealed to him.

“She had cancer, and it was a big shock when she had the prognosis, but we had nine months to deal with it,” he said.

“Life is a lot easier now but it took me a long time to deal with it. Grief can creep in you when you least expect it. Having said that, you don't really deal with anything for a couple years after.”

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