CORONATION STREET’S cast are accustomed to moving on to big projects after stints on the ITV soap, just as much as the show regularly attracted actors with bulging resumes. Now, one former star has spoken out on his hopes of joining the new Doctor Who line-up. Nathan Sussex, who previously appeared in a small part on two episodes of Coronation Street, is best known for his portrayal of Buster Smith on Hollyoaks.
With two out of three of Jodie Whittaker’s new Doctor’s sidekicks being alumni of the Channel 4 series, it appears there could be a connection available for stars to bridge their way into the iconic sci-fi show. Asked whether he would like to follow in the footsteps of Madip Gill, who played Phoebe McQueen, and Tosin Cole, who played Hollyoaks’ Neil Cooper, and join the Doctor Who universe,Yeah, totally! At the end of the day, I’m a freelance jobbing actor,” he explained.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have this stint on Hollyoaks and hopefully it will open doors. At the moment, I don’t have any project because I’m kind of still contracted Hollyoaks,” he added. It’s a tricky period too jump into something else.
“But Doctor Who… great! If I got the phone call, I’d do it in a flash,” the star laughed. I was in talks a few years ago in a very small role, so I have kind of jumped into that sci-fi world. Nathan has had experience on the sets of several British soaps, including Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Emmerdale. The Welsh actor landed a recurring role on the Channel 4 series in January and has been playing Buster Smith ever since.
To start with, he won over fans and the residents of Hollyoaks Village alike, quickly making a name for himself as one of the most charming men around.
However, a dark side recently emerged after it was revealed football coach Buster had groomed and abused one of his young players, Ollie Morgan. While fans have yet to discover whether Buster will get his comeuppance and justice will be served, Nathan hinted the troubling storyline might not have a happy ending.