Merlin Star Alex Vlahos On Wishing He Was A Mod

Fresh of BBC shows "Merlin" and "Privates", here in an exclusive interview Alex Vlahos talks of his love of all things Mod.
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Fresh of BBC shows "Merlin" and "Privates", here in an exclusive interview Alex Vlahos talks of his love of all things Mod.


Welsh-born actor, Alex Vlahos, is a talent steadily on the rise and making a name for himself on the small screen. He has already starred in BBC1 drama Merlin over the festive period last year, and is now starring in another BBC drama called Privates, which follows the stories of eight privates who are part of the last intake of National Service. Here, Vlahos discusses a love of all things mod and his unhealthy knitwear obsession.

Topman Generation: Now you played Mordred in the BBC1 fantasy drama Merlin that finished during the Christmas holidays. Now the series has finished, would you ever rock the sandals and swords look again?
 I dunno really. When you’re doing a show like that the novelty soon wears off. The horse riding and sword fighting was great but the chainmail was very heavy to wear and not very comfortable. If the right role ever came up I’d do it again but I don’t think I’ll be dressing up as Mordred for Halloween this year.

Topman Generation: Now you’re in BBC programme Privates, which is set in the 60s around eight boys who are in the last batch of conscripts for national service. How does a war uniform compare to medieval dress up?
 There’s definitely a big change. I went from horse riding in some of the most wonderful settings in France wearing heavy metal chainmail to wearing some of the itchiest cotton jumpers ever! Four layers with trousers shirt and tie with braces and overalls over the top can get pretty heavy! I wouldn't mind my next acting job just having me wear t-shirt and jeans.

Topman Generation: How would you describe your own dress sense?
I’m definitely a mod in my fashion. Buttoned up shirts, skinny jeans and some point shoes. I sort of feel like I was born in the wrong era and should have been born on the back of a Vespa. Quadrophenia is one of my favorite films.

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