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Freddy Carter: "I’d love to play a real life person"

Shadow and Bone is set to be the latest show to make us all fantasy fans. Star Freddy Carter shares his love of Bob Dylan and his memories of his wonderful grandad

Freddy Carter

Everybody is a hoarder. There’s invariably an item of clothing or a favoured possession that we can’t bear to throw away.

Freddy Carter is no different. It took a cobbler to tell the Shadow and Bone star the brutal truth about his beloved suede boots. Sometimes, it’s time to say goodbye.

Next on his shopping list? "A pair of tan suede lace-up boots." 

With Shadow and Bone set to be the latest Netflix global hit, Carter certainly deserves to reward himself in style.

Life

What projects are you most excited about?

I’m really excited for people to see Shadow and Bone. It feels like a lifetime ago that we were making it in Budapest and my friends are sick of me trying to describe what it’s about.

Also, I’m currently working on my next short film Broken Gargoyles, which has been an equally long time coming.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Probably making my first short, No 89.

As an actor it can sometimes feel like you just turn up, do your bit, then leave again. Seeing something through from the initial idea to a finished product was incredibly rewarding.

If you could change one thing about your career, what would it be?

I would love to learn how to appreciate the downtime more and fully relax.

I also want to do more theatre in the future, absence has definitely made my heart grow fonder this year.

Freddy Carter
Freddy Carter

What do you still hope to achieve?

I’d love to play a real life person, one of my favourite parts of the job is the research and getting lost down rabbit holes about the minute details.

Doing a biopic would lend itself to my slightly obsessive compulsive researching.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

I’m a huge Bob Dylan fan. I find his constant desire to keep moving and improving as an artist, a storyteller and a social commentator really inspiring.

I was lucky enough to see him play live a few years ago, it was an outdoor concert in front of a huge crowd, but he still had that ability to make you feel like the words were being sung just to you.

Tell us something nobody knows about you…

When I was 16, I became a qualified rugby referee.

Style

What’s your favourite item of clothing – and what does it mean to you?

A navy blue funnel neck jumper from You Must Create which was the first gift someone special gave me.

I’ve had it for years, it’s full of holes now but I can’t bring myself to throw it away, it’s like a comfort blanket.

What’s your favourite accessory?

A pair of gold cufflinks which I inherited from my grandad, he was a wonderfully curious person, always asking questions and eager to learn.

I also have a necklace that I ‘borrowed’ from a job, which I wear sometimes. It’s quite interesting looking so people always assume it holds some deep meaning but I just liked the colour…

What items do you take on holiday and why?

I love a linen shirt, my collection is slowly growing.

Other than that, I take my collection of cameras and film. I’ll often sacrifice clothes for cameras and equipment.

Freddy Carter

Is there an item you threw away – or lost – that you really miss?

I’m rubbish at throwing things away.

I had a pair of tan suede lace-up boots that I refused to throw out until a cobbler told me they were beyond saving.

What’s next on your shopping list?

A pair of tan suede lace-up boots.

What would you buy if money was no object?

Every Burberry coat. 

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Shadow and Bone premieres on Netflix on 23 April.

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