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EXCLUSIVE: Star Ioan in £150,000 deal to film Mirror writer’s novel
ACTOR Ioan Gruffudd has signed a £150,000 deal to star in a BBC film of Mirror writer Tony Parsons’ hit novel Man and Boy.
The 27-year-old Welsh heart throb will play the lead role of loser-in-love Harry with Vanity Fair actress Natasha Little as his wife Gina.
Ioan said: “I am over the moon. I’ve read the book and it’s absolutely brilliant. Everywhere I go people are reading it.” Ioan became a household name when he played Horatio Hornblower for ITV and then starred in Disney’s 102 Dalmations.
One TV insider said last night: “Ioan is just perfect for the role.”
Shooting on the £2 million film starts next month and it will be screened in the spring.
Author Tony said: “It’s tremendously exciting. The book has just passed the one million mark – so this has come at a great time. It’s like getting the six balls on the lottery.”
In Man and Boy, which is semi-autobiographical, TV executive Harry has a one-night stand. His wife leaves him and Harry is left to look after two-year-old son Pat alone.
But the responsibility makes him realise just how important his own father is to him.
Ioan, who started his acting career in the Welsh soap Pobol y Cwm, said: “Landing the part of Harry is very exciting but also very nerve-racking.”
Producer Kate Harwood said: “I hope that, like the book, it will be moving, funny and thoughtful.
“In the end it is life- affirming and positive.”
Lovejoy actor Ian McShane will also star as TV station boss Marty.
Like Harry, former NME journalist Parsons married young and had a son before splitting with writer wife Julie Burchill.