A Wicket Sense of Humour: Henry Lloyd-Hughes
Indian Summers star Henry Lloyd-Hughes tells us why he’d rather be pulling on some cricket whites, how hip-hop has inspired his style, and why one day he might write a ‘terrible book using sports psychology to unlock the mysteries of acting’...
Henry Lloyd-Hughes has a tour de force of a personality. His gregarious, charismatic conversational skills at first put you off balance, but once you get your eye in (to pre-empt his love of a cricketing metaphor), it is a lot of fun, for he is articulate and positive. And he has good reason to be. His acting career has allowed him to dominate a portion of Britain’s television screens, appearing as a variety of characters, notably in The Inbetweeners as the school bully Mark Donovan, and the wildly popular Raj retrospective Indian Summers as Ralph Whelan. In feature films he has made his mark in adaptations of classic literature, starring in Anna Karenina, Parade’s End and Madame Bovary. Above all, Lloyd-Hughes is committed to the sartorial arts that this magazine passionately wishes to protect, elevate and sustain. The second season of Indian Summers is available to watch on Channel4.com.
Is there a place you would go to film a terrible movie? I’ve never been to the Caribbean and I would like to go. Not just, at least, because of their amazing cricketing pedigree. Who is the most beautiful woman you’ve ever known? Well, my wife, obviously. Who’s the most beautiful man you’ve ever known? Paul Newman, hands down. Greatest piece of music ever created? Del Roy Wilson, Come in Heaven. You wear a lot of jewellery. What has inspired that? Hip-hop culture. Hip-hop culture generationally was the wave that hit my youth group. It’s all about being unafraid to express yourself regardless of what you want to adorn yourself with. What I loved about the flamboyancy of hip-hop was that they weren’t afraid to use massively contrasting mixed metaphors. That’s what I like and I always try to walk that line. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I get it wrong. I don’t choose things lightly. I accumulate things over a long time. I’ve worn two rings since I was 20. The big chain, I got that very recently, but I’ve had some round my neck that I’ve had for years. I like to confuse people. I’ve worn a ‘dad’ ring for 10 years, and I don’t have a kid. Do you have a tailor or brand that you covet or associate yourself with? I generally keep abreast of the gamut. But we’re living in such a rich time for visual stimuli that it’s not like I have to hold back. If anything I have to curtail this because I could lose days of my life down a rabbit hole looking at pictures of people looking stylish. I get an immense amount of satisfaction from it. What would be your first move in a zombie apocalypse? That would be my wife’s favourite question. She is obsessed with the zombie apocalypse and anything to do with zombies, including e Walking Dead. Well, surely it would be to get one of my many cricket bats and arm myself. Luckily I’ve got three — one for me and one for my wife. If you’re lucky I will give you the third. Photography: Sandro Baebler, Fashion Direction: Sarah Ann-Murray Photography Assistant: Anja Mueller Fashion Stylist: Jo Grezeszczuk Fashion Assistant: Millie Bradshaw Grooming: Carol Morley