Matthew James Thomas (Britannia High) Interview

New musical drama Britannia High is set to explode onto ITV1 this autumn in a whirlwind of stunning dance, sensational music and unforgettable drama. Matthew James Thomas plays Jez.

What is your most treasured possession?

My piano. I love to sit down when I’m happy or sad and just be alone with my music and write a song.

What is your favourite word?

It’s probably ‘awesome’! I know that’s really cheesy, but I keep saying it around set and I don’t know why.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Let things come to you.

If you were invisible for a day, what’s the first thing you’d do?

I would probably go into the White House and see what actually happens!

What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?

At the moment my lines and then probably second my family.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

I was outside filming by a river somewhere and it was raining, and everyone there was desperate to finish, you could see it on their faces, and I just kept forgetting my lines! I just couldn’t do it, I felt so embarrassed.

What is your biggest phobia?

Wasps. I’m absolutely terrified of wasps.

Who is your hero?

Robin Williams. He’s such an amazing actor. I’ve got so many heroes, but he’s the one that springs to mind.

What was the last text your received, and who was it from?

It was from my sister, and she said she used my internet dongle and she’d left me £10 to top it up.

What is the worst injury you ever had?

When I broke my thumb. I was skiing about 5 or 6 years ago and I remember how much pain I was in. We were in the middle of a mountain and my right ski snapped and I went tumbling forward and broke my thumb. I had to be rushed to hospital!

What is your worst vice?

I bite my fingernails! I always used to leave things to last minute, but I’m better now!

Read our interviews with the other cast members.