The Cleaner Series 2: Interview with Rudi Dharmalingam who plays Him

Can you tell us a bit about your character and what attracted you to the role?

“Him,’ his actual name is open to debate, is the brains behind the serial killing partnership between himself and ‘Her,’ name also open for discussion. Their operation requires a meticulous approach to killing as many people as possible without getting caught. Outside of his serial killing exploits ‘Him’ is most likely to be found behind a desk at his local council, probably the Planning Department. I imagine he’s always the first person to recognise that the tree that’s just been hacked down was under a Tree Preservation Order and therefore the culprits will be held accountable, with a heavy fine. He’s pragmatic, rational and is quick to adhere to the moment where quitting whilst on top is paramount. He arranges a dog sitter, he packs the killing instruments and always fills the car up with a full tank of petrol. He shops at Trespass, Millets and Mountain Warehouse. He has a National Trust Membership.

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I rarely get the chance to do comedy, so when I read this I immediately wanted to do it. The writing is so authentic which means you don’t have to act funny but rather just play the lines for truth and the rest will take care of itself. I grew up watching shows like ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway,’ ‘The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer’ and ‘The Fast Show’, comedy is a genre that inspirited me from a very early age. It’s great to finally have a chance to do some.

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What was it like working alongside Greg?

He’s a joy to be around, very welcoming, kind and supportive.

Do you have a favourite moment from filming your episode?

I think just looking in the mirror for the first time once in full costume was a special moment. The moustache, the hiking boots, the compass and what looked like a festive beanie hat was all a bit overwhelming. It was one of the moments when you realise that most people grow out of this pretend stuff a long time ago and here I am still at it.

How do you think you would fare as a crime-scene cleaner?

I think it takes a certain type of person to deal with that kind of situation. The blood, the trauma , the smell. Not for me thanks.

 

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