“You always have a responsibility to the writers and the producers and the people who have conceived the piece, but then you have this added responsibility to do it for the person you’re portraying.
“You have to honour them to a point and capture them and their soul, but also not mimic them. It’s about finding your version of them, or a way to express that person. But I like the challenge,” he insisted.
Speaking about what the biggest “challenge” was in his role, James confessed he found it hard not to fall “in love” with the mysterious character.
He stated: “For me was not falling too heavily in love with Stephen Ward because he’s such a charismatic and enigmatic peculiar man.