Welcome to our new feature, The Movies & Me. In this weekly feature, we will be talking with the biggest names in film to find out their loves & loathings of the cinematic world.

Born into a theatrical family with Alan Rickman as his godfather, Tom Burke has acting in his blood. Never settling for the ordinary or simple roles, the actor has made a name for himself as one of the most captivating and eye-catching men working in the industry. Having built a strong reputation through performances in Third Star, Cleanskin and Chéri, Burke’s career is now reaching new heights. With his disturbing opening turn in Only God Forgives and as the charming Athos, the glue that holds the musketeers together in the BBC’s latest adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s work, Burke is seemingly unstoppable. So let’s hear what makes the actor tick in the world of cinema…


·  What was your first cinema trip?

Dumbo… I think.

·  Which film do you wish you had seen at the cinema and why?

2001: A Space Odyssey. I’ve never seen a Kubrick film at the cinema and that one is arguable the most cinematic

Courtesy of Medusa Film

Courtesy of Medusa Film

·  What is your most memorable cinema experience?

The Great Beauty. I saw it three times at the Cinema, which isn’t the sort of thing I make a habit of. I wasn’t even sure I liked it the first time but I felt compelled to watch it again. Now I love it.

·  What was the last film which made you cry?

Rust and Bone.

·  Which film is your guilty pleasure?

Flash Gordon

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Courtesy of Universal Pictures

·  What film can always make you laugh out loud?

The Green Man

·  What is your favourite cinema snack?

Those flat chewy strawberry things.

·  Have you ever walked out of a film?

Yes. I don’t as a rule but sometimes you think ‘life is too short’ to sit here getting pissed off.

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Courtesy of Rank Organisation/Janus Films

·  Was there a certain film/actor/director that inspired you to become an actor?

Richard Harris

·  What film are you most looking forward to in 2014?

The Zero Theorem.


Tom Burke has just finished shooting The Hooligan Factory, as well as being involved in the new second season of Utopia. Series 2 of his latest hit, BBC’s The Musketeers, is in pre-production for a 2015 release.