Stephen Graham is an actor in demand. Following up a starring role in Line of Duty with the lead in The Virtues, he was reunited with This Is England writer-director Shane Meadows.
The duo talked to The Big Issue about their remarkable working collaborations and deep friendship in the week’s mag.
“It is love,” Graham said. “I love the man. If I was ever in a situation and needed to reach out to somebody, he would be on the end of a phone.
“He does amazingly complex, emotive stories of people hitting rock bottom, but he is also one of the funniest fuckers I have ever met.”
Meadows agreed that there is much more to their friendship than work. Something as simple as being the same school year means they understand each other’s obscure pop culture references, which helps.
The actor adds: “He just goes, ‘It’s fucking Bungle’ or ‘Oh no, Zippy’, and I’m gone. I’m in bits.”