Lennie James: The love of my life? Tottenham. And my wife

The actor on a first kiss in the rehearsal chamber , not becoming a footballer, and all he learned from his mother

Born in Nottingham, James, 53, was raised in care after the death of his mother. Having studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he author and to be included in the drama Storm Damage, which won a Royal Television Society award in 2001. He was in the first serial of Line Of Duty and his movies include Snatch and Blade Runner 2049. In 2010, he was cast as Morgan Jones in The Walking Dead and now stars in Fear The Walking Dead; season five airs on Mondays at 9pm on AMC( BT TV ). James is married with three daughters, and lives in Los Angeles.

What is your earliest recollection ?
Following my big brother Kester around. I have a clear memory of the back of his head as I followed him, recognizing what he was doing and was ready to do the same.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Barack Obama. I think he modified America in a way that America hasn’t quite realised yet.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I can be a bit fatalistic.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Deliberate ignorance.

What was your most embarrassing instant?
As a 13 -year-old, I drank too much and ran away to the toilet because I was feeling sick. I opened the door and my girlfriend’s sister was on the toilet. I puked in her lap.

What is your most treasured owned?
My mum’s Bible. I was 10 when she died.

What constructs you unhappy?
If something’s up with my children, something’s up with me.

What did you want to be “when youre” growing up?
A footballer. I didn’t want to be an actor until I was doing it.

What is the worst thing anyone’s told me to you?
A teacher at drama school said about my career:” They is more likely to give you a go once, but they’ll find you out very rapidly .”

What do you owe your mothers?
I don’t owe my papa a single thing- I don’t know the fella. But I owe my mum everything: my feel of right and wrong, my loyalty to his interests. Any hour I’ve ever been brave, it’s because of my mum.

What or who is the greatest love of their own lives?
My wife said that I am allowed to say Tottenham and her, in that order.

What was the best kiss of their own lives?
I met my wife in youth theater “when hes” 18, which meant that our first kiss was in the rehearsal room. I’ve never been more startled to kiss somebody and I’ve never been so happy once I was doing it.

What has been your biggest disappointment ?
That I didn’t become a footballer or play rugby.

If you could go back in time, where would you go ?
I would spend more time with my mum. And I would go back to the motel balcony with Martin Luther King and proceed him two paws to the right.

What has been your closest brush with the law?
London during the 70 s and 80 s felt like it was open season for the police against young black sons. The warning that our mothers would make when we were leaving on a Saturday night was:” Have fun, be safe, be careful of the police .”

What song would you like played at your funeral?
Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding

Tell us trade secrets
I can do the Rubik’s Cube in under a minute.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ culture/ 2019/ jun/ 29/ lennie-james-interview-love-of-my-life

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