Thomas Turgoose reveals Stephen Graham is still a father figure years after This Is England 5 months ago

Thomas Turgoose reveals Stephen Graham is still a father figure years after This Is England

"I don't look like a man yet, I can't grow a beard. But I don't look like a child anymore."

This Is England star Thomas Turgoose has revealed how Stephen Graham is still a father figure to him, years after the pair's seminal roles as Combo and Shaun on This Is England.

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Turgoose, 29, is now starring in Intergalactic, a Sky Original prison break drama which is quite a departure from his breakthrough role as disaffected teen Shaun in the 2007 hit drama.

He is grateful for the platform This Is England gave him, and has no problem continually discussing it with fans and media alike.

However, when the topic turns to his later roles, he feels it is proof he is no longer "blagging it".

"When people come up to me in the street and recognise me for my other work, I know that my hard work is paying off."

Turgoose accepts his coming-of-age role in This Is England will forever shape his career.

"I was either the gobby chav or someone who has nicked a car, whereas now I'm an adult.

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"It helps that I look so young. I'm nearly 30 now, but I look, I don't know, 21 maybe?

"I don't look like a man yet, I can't grow a beard. But I don't look like a child anymore."

Turgoose was 14 when he first starred in This Is England, and found Stephen Graham somewhat of a father figure on set.

"I've said this many times - and I was speaking to my wife about it last night - but we totally forget Stephen is Stephen Graham.

"I know him as the greatest dad in the world who spends his time pumpkin carving with the kids. I look up to him so much, he's taught me a lot."

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Speaking to JOE ahead of Intergalactic's release, Graham still has a paternal impact on Turgoose - a fact made poignant by the fact the 29-year-old is now expecting a child with his partner.

Thomas Turgoose and Stephen Graham attend the This is England premiere in 2006 alongside director Shane Meadows and co-star Jo Hartley. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

"Stephen was the first person I told we were having a baby. He was the first person I rang when my mum died.

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"If I can be half the man that guy is, I'd be happy with that."

Turgoose reflected back on the scene which he believes shaped his career, and made him realise how authentic a director Shane Meadows is.

"There was a scene in This Is England '88, I think, where my character is sitting on his dad's grave, crying his eyes out.

"What Shane managed to do was create this scene where it felt so real.

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"So I'm sitting on a gravestone and he tells me a story about his own personal life. Before you know it, I'm in floods of tears because of what he told me.

"He just stands up and walks away and tells the camera operator 'Go now!' so they captured the very realness of everything captured on screen."

Intergalactic arrived on Sky One and streaming service NOW on April 30.