Endeavour’s Roger Allam pays tribute to co-star as he lands new role

Ian McKellen and Roger Allam discuss their new project

Earlier this year, Endeavour fans were left in tears after the Inspector Morse spin-off came to a dramatic end.

It was an emotional moment for Roger Allam and Shaun Evans as they bid farewell to their characters Fred Thursday and Endeavour Morse.

However, Roger has landed an exciting new role with Sir Ian McKellen, and the duo appeared on Friday’s The One Show to chat all about it.

Roger also paid a moving tribute to Sir Ian when discussing their new play, Frank and Percy.

When asked to share what the play is about, Sir Ian joked: “We can’t tell you the plot else there is no point.”

He continued: “It’s two guys who meet in the park walking their dogs and things go from there.

“When I first read the script I found myself laughing out loud, and then reading the parts out loud.”

“Sean sent it to me and said Ian was doing it which was a huge attraction,” Roger chipped in.

“We hadn’t worked together since the pantomime and I thought it was great.”

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When asked about how rehearsals were going, Roger said: “It’s going really well.

“I mean, if you imagine what rehearsing a play is like, I meet with Ian one of my very dear friends, and Sean Mathias, who we worked with very happily before.”

He added: “It’s just an enormous pleasure to be in the room with those people working on this lovely play.”

Sir Ian went on: “I once said about acting, it’s a wonderful job because you’re working with friends, entertaining people.”

When discussing what it was like reuniting with Sir Ian, the Fred Thursday star replied: “You want to be with the best possible people and someone you really love or like or whatever, that just really helps it along.”

Sir Ian also had nothing but praise for his co-star as he concluded: “I think the best advice I can give any actor is, only work with actors who you know are at least as good as you or preferably more accomplished.”

Turning to Roger, he added fondly: “And he is one of them.”

The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.

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