‘The rest of us knew none of it’ Ben Miller left stunned by Bridgerton’s raunchy scenes11/24/2021
Bridgerton: Ben Miller on potential 'return' for character
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Ben Miller, who played DI Richard Poole in the first two series of Death in Paradise, recently appeared as the lecherous Lord Featherington in Netflix’s smash hit show Bridgerton. Alongside his recent role in the high-profile period drama, the Armstrong and Miller star can also be seen in ITV’s new crime drama Professor T, and has recently written his fifth Christmas book, Diary of a Christmas Elf.
Ben, 55, has now exclusively told Express.co.uk that some of the Bridgerton cast were not aware of just how racy the scenes were between many of its young leads.
When asked about the show’s sex scenes, he responded: “I have to say I had no idea.
“Obviously, I have nothing to do with the raunch – I thought it was a show about boxing as far as I can make out,” he laughed.
“But yeah, you know, it was quite an eye opener.”
“The rest of us knew none of it. Well I say none of us, but I was practically the only character not in a sex scene,” he joked.
“Those of us not in those scenes had no idea of what was going on.”
The star went on to admit that they did have “some idea” that the show was raunchy, but explained that all of the sex scenes “were kept very private” for the comfort of his fellow castmates.
He said: “I did have some idea. We had read throughs and stuff, but one of the things they did really, really well in the show was that they used an intimacy coordinator for all of those sex scenes.
“And one of the great things about that is, I think the actors are then therefore much more in control and much more confident with what they’re doing. But also it was all kept very private.
During the interview Ben touched on the fact that, while Bridgerton’s Lord Featherington was seemingly murdered, the fact that he never died on screen leaves things open-ended.
When asked if his character might return, he said: “Who knows? You don’t actually see him die.
“It does happen off screen and… I don’t know. As far as I know I’m dead.
“But there’s got to be a little question mark in my mind. I just think, seeing as you didn’t see him die…” he wondered aloud.
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Apart from his acting work, Ben has also been busy putting together his latest Christmas book, Diary of a Christmas Elf.
The father-of-three revealed the touching story behind why he began writing festive offerings for children.
“When my oldest child was about nine or ten, he started to doubt whether Father Christmas was real,” he explained.
“And I thought, ‘Well I have to write a story that will convince him that Father Christmas is real’.
“I wanted to write the origin story of Christmas and I wrote a story called The Night I Met Father Christmas about a boy called Jackson (my son’s name is Jackson) who meets him and learns all about how he became Father Christmas.”
After securing a publishing deal, Ben went on to write four more Christmas books, and his latest story, which follows the adventures of Tog the Christmas elf, came out just last week.
Diary of a Christmas Elf by Ben Miller is out now (Hardback, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books) to buy for £9.99.
The festive book has been described as “a funny and heartwarming story about the true meaning of gift giving” and also features beautiful illustrations by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.
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