Death In Paradise’s Danny John-Jules says reality shows have ‘killed the UK TV industry’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz and television
Danny John-Jules is probably best known for playing Officer Dwayne Myers on BBC One’s hit show Death In Paradise. In a candid interview, the 61-year-old admitted he feels the UK TV industry has been “doing mediocrity” in recent years.
The actor, who is also known for portraying Cat in the sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf, has opened up about his dislike of reality television.
Danny said, “I’m not cotton candy, you know, what do you call that…celebrity? There is a difference between a celebrity and an artist. One has talent.
“We are in another genre, another world. This is not the world we come from.
“My first job was at the end of a pier on the Isle of Wight, in show business.
“Not appearing on a blind date show and then the next minute in front of dramas.
“That’s why it’s going to take us 20 years to catch up with Netflix because we’ve done mediocrity.”
When asked if he was referring to the growing success of reality TV shows, he simply replied: “Reality TV has killed the UK TV industry.”
Elaborating on his point, he said, “There is a difference between someone in showbiz and someone in the entertainment industry. They are two different animals.
This month, Danny stars in the theatrical adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.
In the show, the on-screen star plays Sir Leigh Teabing – a character portrayed by acting legend Sir Ian McKellen in the 2006 film adaptation.
Speaking about how he felt following in the actor’s footsteps, Danny said, “I mean, it’s a dream role, isn’t it? If you want to be a real actor, that’s the kind of stuff you have to do.
“How many actors in the world should succeed the Lord of the Theatre?
“Well, you know what? Big roles, big b***s. You want to play those kind of roles, you need to have a big pair.
“Especially if you want to follow in the footsteps of someone with a huge pair like Sir Ian McKellen.”
The UK tour of The Da Vinci Code made its theatrical debut on January 10 at the Churchill Theater in Bromley.
Death In Paradise airs tonight at 9pm on BBC One.