Last week, during my amazing visit to the set of Da Vinci's Demons, Tom kindly took extra time to sit down with me, and answer burning questions I collated from forum members. As you will see, his answers were wonderful, thoughtful and considered. Huge and very grateful thanks to Tom for making it so very easy, and such a lot of fun.
Da Vinci's Demons related
Horse riding - was it a new skill for this role?
Horse riding was not new for Da Vinci’s Demons. I’d learned it a bit for Lost In Austen, but I wasn’t very good. I’d taken lessons with a woman who was very specific that I should do modern style riding. So, by the time I got to the set for Lost In Austen, they said “No, no… no-one rides like that! They ride like this - one handed, straight backed...”. I was too busy learning how to ride like I was about to enter dressage in the Olympics [laughs]. So, it meant I had to completely rethink it; and it also meant that they had to change a few scenes in Lost In Austen, to accommodate the fact that I was not great*.