It's A Sin's Colin (Callum Scott Howells) on his toughest scene

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

From Cosmopolitan

WARNING: May contain spoilers! Actor Callum Scott Howells, who stars as Welshman Colin Morris-Jones in the incredible new Channel 4 drama, It's A Sin, has discussed the scene he found the hardest to film – and unsurprisingly it's one that viewers found tough to watch too.

In the five-part series, Callum's character, Colin embarks on a work trip with his boss Mr Hart, played by Nicholas Bane (who eagle-eyed Harry Potter fans may recognise from his brief appearance as Bob, a Ministry employee, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Whilst staying in a hotel, Mr Hart lets himself into Colin's room and urges the young tailor to sit next to him, much to Colin's discomfort. Mr Hart then ups and leaves after spotting the magazines Colin has with him about the AIDS crisis.

However, it's not the nature of the scene per se that Callum said he found the most difficult, but rather that Nicholas Bane is so unlike his creepy character. "Those scenes were really hard to film because Nick is so gorgeous as a person," the actor told Digital Spy. "You look at it, and you think, 'Gosh, Mr Hart is such a bastard, but he's played by the loveliest of men.'"

He added, "Nick, who plays Mr Hart… He's one of the most beautiful men ever, [and] he's so experienced. He's done Game of Thrones and everything. He's the Spice King! Can you believe it? He's amazing."

Callum also shared that they spent a long time trying to get that particular scene right, "We really worked on that dynamic of Colin and Mr Hart. It's very complicated, that relationship."

They clearly did a brilliant job as viewers have heaped nothing but praise on the show, saying it's not only emotional gripping, but educational, funny and a realistic portrayal of the gay scene in the 1980s, and how growing up in the shadow of AIDS had such an impact.

It's made a huge difference to Callum's life too, as he posted an emotional tribute to it on Instagram after filming wrapped, writing: "So many feelings right now, but I can’t believe that’s a wrap... I’ve had the time of my life from beginning to end and I actually can’t thank everyone enough for letting me be a part of this show."

He continued, "Thank you so, so much @russelltdavies63 for creating an incredible story and being the most beautiful person in the world. I honestly can’t wait for everyone to see it. I can’t even tell you how grateful I am. @pjuk you have been the most amazing amazing amazing director, mentor and friend. You’re bloody incredible. The pink palace crew are my brothers and sisters for life.

"A bloody whirlwind of emotions but my heart is full to the brim with love and pride for everyone I’ve met and worked with on Boys. I will cherish the memories and Colin for the rest of my life... La! 💗 "

All five episodes of It's a Sin are available to watch now on All 4.

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