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29 November 2011

Sean Maguire profiled in Hello! magazine

Sean Maguire who plays our lead role (Sean O'Malley) is profiled here in Hello! November 2011. Here is the text:


Lounging beside the pool at his home in Studio City, Los Angeles, British actor Sean Maguire is basking in the mid-morning sunshine. He has no hint of jet lag, despite having returned to the US only the day before.

“America has been really good to me, though there have been down times, “says Sean. “But largely, it’s been wonderful.”

There’s an added twinkle in Sean’s eye thanks to his girlfriend of two years, Tanya a detective with London’s Metropolitan Police who, Sean tells me, is about to take a sabbatical and join him in LA.

“She’s just incredible,” he smiles. “I’m really thrilled. We’re taking each day as it comes, but I’m very happy.”

The pair stole some time together earlier this year, when Sean filmed in the French Caribbean for Death in Paradise. “I had flown home to see Tanya when my agent called with a job shooting in the Caribbean. He said I could take my girlfriend so I said, ‘When do we leave?’ It was like a working holiday in the sun.”

As well as shooting in Manchester for the new series of ITV1 police drama Scott and Bailey – in which he plays love interest for Suranne Jones – Sean 35, has just returned from a two-month shoot in Ireland for the film Seven Songs for Amy, which also stars Patrick Bergin and James Cosmo.

“It’s a comedy drama about a guy who is the lead singer of a band who misses his wedding and – along with his band tries to win back his girl, who has fallen for a big pop star in the meantime,” explains Sean.

The film saw Sean return to the recording studio. As well as being an accomplished actor – he started his career at the age of five, when he appeared with Laurence Olivier in A Voyage Round my Father and also worked on Grange Hill and EastEnders – Sean has enjoyed some success in pop charts, releasing three albums in the 1990s.

“I had to learn to play the guitar and sing an awful lot, which was very scary because I haven’t sung in so long, “says Sean of Seven Songs for Amy. “But it was really fun getting back into it.”

After his recent sting on ITV1’s 71 Degrees North, Sean returned to LA to shoot a TV pilot and spend time nurturing his own film project, The Imposters.

“It’s a family comedy – a cross between School of Rock and Wedding Crashers,” he tells me.

“It’s a British cast with a couple of American A-Listers and we’re hiring some British kids as well, to see if we can find some little stars who we can give parts to.”

Sean is relishing the chance to get behind the camera. “It comes with age. You find yourself on set thinking, ‘I like what we’re doing, but I wish it was more this way or that,” he says.

Arriving in the US in 1999, Sean landed roles in three TV comedies, notched up several movies including hit 2008 spoof Meet the Spartans, and now has his own movie in pre-production with fellow Brit Alex Hardcastle, who produced sitcoms Lead Balloon and No Going Out and directed an episode of the US version The Office.

“It’s funny because you always think you could be doing better,” he says. “Over the course of a decade you are going to have your rough times, but they are completely eclipsed by the positive. I’m in a really happy place at the moment, having my fingers in all these pies.”

Sean Maguire profiled in Hello! magazine