Becoming Human follows the same formula as Being Human: a vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf. Want to get an insight into the three teen characters of Becoming Human?
Each actor explains their character in great detail, giving clues as to how the series will go:
Adam (Craig Roberts)
Horny teen vampire Adam will already be familiar to viewers of the main show after his showstealing turn in last night’s episode. “He’s a 46-year-old vampire in a teenager’s body – he’s like the 40 Year Old Virgin,” laughs actor Craig Roberts, who is himself 20. “He’s never really got laid. He goes on about it, but he probably hasn’t. But he can talk it – when he walks he puts a swag on, as the cool kids call it.”
After Mitchell’s advice that the secret to staying clean is to surround yourself with people better than yourself, Adam has enrolled in a new college to get a proper education. But soon, 30 years of sexual frustration are the least of his worries. “As Becoming Human begins we see him at a new school starting afresh and turning a new page. Then he discovers that there’s a werewolf and a ghost at the school so that puts a spanner in the works with the whole ‘trying to start afresh’.”
As a child of the 80s stuck in the now, Craig has to deliver lusty references to people like Samantha Fox, of whom he had never heard. “It’s really cool because you imagine him having all these words from 30 years ago that he thinks are really cool. He’s really behind on all the lingo and he’s coming out with all these words and he’s not getting a reaction, but that’s the comedy of it.”
In there here and now, he’s having the time of his life. “Everyone wants to be a vampire at some point in their life, don’t they? They’re just cool. For your teeth to come out and your eyes to go black, that’s the stage when girls will start to dig me hopefully.”
He does have some vampire form, having starred in CBBC’s Young Dracula as well as The Story of Tracy Beaker before graduating to roles in PhoneShop and Jane Eyre. He can next be seen alongside Paddy Considine in the movie Submarine.
Christa (Leila Mimmack)
While George and Nina have found themselves in some kind of normality over on BBC3, it’s Leila Mimmack’s Christa who is cursed with the lupine condition this time. And she isn’t cool with it at all.
“She’s quite a difficult moody teenager,” explains Leila, “and she’s very angst-ridden because she really doesn’t relish in the fact that she’s a werewolf. She’s really confused by it and really doesn’t like it, so therefore takes it out on the entire world.
“And then these two guys, a vampire and a ghost, turn up in her life and again she’s not very happy about it, but they have to work together … it’s kind of a process for her of finding herself in the sense of being a teenager and being a werewolf. As if being a teenager wasn’t hard enough!”
Leila admits that most of her friends are attached to the Robert Pattison vampire model, but explaining what attracted her she says: “Americans are obsessed with vampires and its all very sheeny and glossy and Being Human’s like the opposite to that, its really gritty and real. I loved it.”
And in Becoming Human there’s that extra twist. “It’s not absolutely aimed at teenagers, but because they’re young, they’re dealing with different things; ‘Oh my God, I like that person’, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got all this homework’. It’s only a younger show in that sense.”
Matt (Josh Brown)
Completing the trio is Josh Brown as the portly, deceased outsider Matt. “I’m not stereotyping,” he says, “but Matt’s your typical overweight kid in school. He’s totally opposite to me. I’m outgoing and confident and I’ll speak to anybody. But Matt’s totally insecure. He doesn’t know what to do, he doesn’t speak to anybody, people don’t notice he’s there and he’s a bit of a loner.”
In fact, Matt is so used to nobody noticing him that when we meet him, he doesn’t even realise he’s even dead. After inadvertently gatecrashing Adam and Christa’s detention, the threesome soon find themselves on a mission to solve his murder so he can pass over properly. “They start taking to him and that’s never happened before. He’s never really communicated with anyone in school so for that to be happening is a bit ‘hang on, what’s going on here?’ He’s a bit taken aback but he’s happy that he’s even speaking to people.”
Like Lenora Crichlow, Josh has had to learn fast how to quite literally play dead. “I watched Being Human and saw how she handled being a ghost and not being able to do certain stuff. When you’re actually filming it it’s weird. It’s really limiting because there’s only two people that can see you. It’s got to be hard for the other actors not being able to see me when I’m blatantly stood in front of them.”
Leeds-born Josh is a veteran of Grange Hill before graduating to Waterloo Road (boo, hiss). Following roles in Casualty and Holby City, the rest of his career now awaits. “But I don’t fancy doing a soap.”