Jacob Dudman is a man of many talents. Actor, impressionist, Youtuber, director are all listed on his CV.

Miro speaks to him now, when he has five minutes in a busy schedule, about The Stranger on Netflix, his latest acting venture.

Dudman will be starring as Thomas Price, the son of the protagonist in the much-hyped British mini-series based on a novel by Harlan Coben.

The story sees a family man’s life unravel after a stranger makes a shocking claim about his wife, with many twists and turns along the way.

What got you into acting?

I sort of started out doing impressions online and that lead me to do voice acting work. I did a lot of stuff with the guys who do all the Doctor Who audiobooks after the making a bit of a presence for myself on YouTube and just started auditioning for things. 

I went to do film production at university as I wanted to be a director. I took an acting class at the weekend to understand what acting was like from a directing point of view and then I very quickly fell in love with it. 

I started auditioning for things last January and then I did a show in April. 

I didn’t go to drama school, so the show was like my drama school. It was like a cool sort of ten-week intensive course with a load of castmates my age, so that was sort of how I fell in love with it.

Had you read The Stranger by Harlan Coben before being cast?

I was aware of his books, but I hadn’t read any of them. I have now! My mum actually has a poster on her wall, which is one of those scratch maps.

It was 100 Books to Read Before You Die. One of his books are on there, so I was certainly aware of the name. He’s really rock and roll!

You play Thomas Price, the son of Adam whose life has come crashing down. Could you tell us a bit more about your role?

Thomas is a character who is keen to prove himself to the world, particularly to his dad who he looks up to a lot. He has big ideas for himself. 

Jacob Dudman in The Stranger
Jacob Dudman in The Stranger C: Netflix

He can be quite introverted which I think he gets from his dad but he’s also a bit of an All-American sports playing, science whizz, top of the class, head boy sort of character. 

It was interesting to play because I was lucky enough to have a hand in both the family storyline and the teen storyline which goes alongside it. 

I suppose the role of both sons in relation to Adam is really to ground him in what’s important in his life. The boys end up going on explorations together to try and find out the truth and I think that Thomas and Ryan really give support to Adam. 

They’re all going through these horrible events, but they’re going through them together, and I think that Thomas is a very strong moral compass 

What’s it like working with Richard Armitage and all of the other amazing actors?

I couldn’t quite believe, not only the talent in it but the sheer number of people who are talented in it. You know, the first 10 names listed on the call sheet are all people I could only dream of working with. 

Richard, who I have had a lot of time with, is just amazing. We had a lot of fun together. I suppose it can be quite daunting when you’re working with someone who’s work you love. 

Actually, that’s not completely true because when I was a child, I told him this on the first day, as a child I hated him because he played Guy of Gisbourne in Robin Hood and he killed off Maid Marian who was my childhood sweetheart, so I didn’t always love him!

Richard Armitage in The Stranger
Richard Armitage in The Stranger C: Netflix

He redeemed himself because he is so brilliant. The thing is, working with all those people, they are such professionals as well. I think there is a general misconception that a lot of actors are diva-ish or you get people who are troublesome, and that can sometimes happen. 

But when you’re working with the likes of Shaun Dooley and Paul Kaye, who’s amazing as well, it is such a professional environment and everyone that’s there is really interested in the work that they are doing. 

What’s it like working on a psycho-thriller?

It’s always psycho when I’m filming with Ella Rae and Brandon Fellows! This is going to sound cheesy, but it was thrilling as well. It was quite intense at times, there are scenes where quite dark things happen and obviously dealing with quite traumatic material. 

When you’re acting and feeling those emotions every day you’re on set, that can sort of seep into the energy of the room so it did get a bit dark at times.

What I really love about the show is that is can also be comedic at times. It’s horrifying at times, yes, but it can also make you cry. It’s a jack of all trades really.

But, thankfully, we had a lovely cast and crew to keep things cheery. Amazing people to learn from as well.

Is there an episode you’re really excited for viewers to see?

There are big cliff-hangers at the end of every episode and because there are so many different stories happening at the same time, you get like five cliff-hangers at the end of every episode, which is amazing.

I’m looking forward to people feeling like they just have to watch the next episode.

Does the series end on a cliff-hanger as well?

I wouldn’t know, I didn’t read the script so…

Are there going to be multiple series?

I don’t know, I think you’re going to have to ask Harlan Coben if he is going to write a sequel!

Siobhan Finneran and Kadiff Kirwan in The Stranger
Siobhan Finneran and Kadiff Kirwan in The Stranger C: Netflix

There is something quintessentially British about the series, including the fact that it was filmed in Manchester.

The location is moved from the US to the UK and I think there’s a lot of TV shows nowadays that have stuff that is British but looks quite Americanised. 

I love that when my character’s at school, we’re all wearing these very English school uniforms, kind of like Hogwarts, and we’ve got this NHS looking hospital. 

I think it is grounded in a very British reality that a lot of people are going to like as well.

Do you have anything else lined up?

Coming out soon would be Medici, on Netflix. I’m currently going back and forth to Ireland filming a series on Netflix again called Fate which is a live-action adaptation of the Winx Club Saga, so those are to look out for me on.

The Stranger will be available to stream on Netflix from 30 January.