Billy played by Robert Sheehan – the 24-year-old dreamboat who makes a play for Mrs Jones, despite being best friends with her son, Alfie.
Why is Billy hitting on a woman twenty years his senior?
He’s been travelling with Alfie and needs somewhere to crash so he follows him home and ends up having this spontaneous romantic spark with Alfie’s mum. I think Billy is an all-round hopeless romantic. He lives his life for his heart more than his head, so I think he sticks around because of this connection he’s felt with Gemma. Billy isn’t troubled by the 20 odd year age gap. I’d say if anything it’s spurring him on; it’s an incentive.
But Gemma tries to fight her feelings?
She eventually has to admit to herself that there is something real between the two of them. Every time they meet there is chemistry and over the course of the series there are more and more manifestations of that, so there’s a development there.
But poor old Alfie – it can’t be much fun having your best mate hooking up with your mum…
Billy is trying to be as forthcoming as he possibly can and as honest, because if he wasn’t he would just be a slime ball that has followed his mate into his house and tried to have it off with his mum. He can’t keep this thing from Alfie anymore and he wants to tell Gemma, “let’s be honest about it, let’s tell people”. There’s an impending doom there which I’m sure they’ll get over because they’re chums.
Do you muck in with the slapstick comedy?
What’s interesting about my guy is he’s not always the overtly funny character – sometimes it’s the opposite side of the coin. That’s almost more difficult in a way, to be the one that’s grounded in the reality so the other characters can be more surreal.
There’s a funny scene involving myself, Sarah’s character Gemma, Neil’s character Jason and Nat’s character Tom. There was a lot of projectile vomit involved which was spurring on my gag reflex…
Source: Radio Times.