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One to watch: James D’Arcy is dressing for success
By Daphne Lockyer / The Times (London)
Date: September 27, 2003
It was after a day “on the pop with mates” to celebrate his graduation from LAMDA that James D’Arcy accidentally left his newly awarded diploma on the top deck of a London night bus.
Some might find this a rather inauspicious start to a career in acting — a sign, even. But not D’Arcy. In the eight years since the incident, he has never bothered to get a duplicate. Never needed one. “No one’s going to give you a job on the strength of a piece of paper, are they?” he muses.
At 29, D’Arcy has all the credentials for the success that now seems assured. For a start, he is an extremely fine actor (last year his stage performance in Edward II earned him a nomination for the Ian Charleson award). He is also tall (6ft 3in/1.90m), dark and handsome. But aside from the physique, there is an impressive body of work that is about to be augmented by two new parts.
The first is a starring role in POW, ITV1’s six-parter that is being billed as a kind of Colditz for the 21st century. The show, which is said to suggest that some prisoners of war indulged in homosexual acts, has already caused controversy, although D’Arcy’s character seems red-blooded enough. He plays Flight Sergeant Jim Caddon, a maverick with authority problems and a burning desire to escape.
D’Arcy has also been working alongside Russell Crowe in Peter Weir’s big-budget ocean-going adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Due for release in November, it was adapted from the Patrick O’Brian books and is a kind of Hornblower with brass knobs on. D’Arcy, who spent five months filming the spectacle in Mexico, gets to swash, buckle and splice the mainbrace as First Lieutenant Tom Pullings. From the female perspective, of course, he also passes the “does my butt look good in these breeches?” test with flying colours. “But then I had a lot of practice in wearing funny costumes when I was at school,” he says.
Said establishment was the grant-supported Christ’s Hospital in Sussex, a boarding school for bright kids from low-income families. “We wore uniforms that dated back to the 1500s, including knee-length canary-yellow socks and frock coats. Ideal practice for the dressing-up game,” he smiles. He was eligible for admission after his father died and left his mother, Caroline, to bring up their two children (D’Arcy has a younger sister, Charlotte) on the salary of an NHS nurse. “For me, success has never been about fame. It’s about being able to support my family if needs be. That instinct is very strong.” He continues to live very modestly as a lodger in his uncle’s home in Fulham, and is as mysterious about his love life as he is open about his work.
The latter has involved some recent ups and downs. The moment, for example, when he and Crowe (playing Captain Jack Aubrey) climbed to the top of the mast on the HMS Surprise at sunset was “terrifying, beautiful, magical and wonderful”. Definitely a high point, in more ways than one. But the moment in POW when he had to wade through the brown waters of a latrine looking for a dead body was less so.
“Mind you, they got the brown effect by using cocoa in warm water. And during a scene where we were being ‘deloused’ with ‘tar’ it was actually Bisto gravy. I stank of it for days.”
James D’Arcy — the one to wash, perhaps.