After Life’s Tony’s Dad star admits he thinks landing new roles at 80 is ‘an error’

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Legendary actor David Bradley recently starred in Netflix’s heart-wrenching series, After Life as Tony Robinson’s (played by Ricky Gervais) father Ray. However, despite being a seasoned actor, Bradley confessed to being surprised he was still able to land new roles at 80 years old.

Despite recently starring in one of the nation’s most-raved about shows, Bradley is also well recognised for his highly acclaimed roles which solidified his legendary status in Hollywood.

He portrayed the irritable caretaker Filch in Harry Potter and then went on to smash his role as Walder Frey in the HBO global sensation Game of Thrones.

Although Bradley is well known for portraying an antagonist, his roles in Doctor Who and After Life saw him play a good guy.

Even after his continued success, Bradley admitted he was surprised to still be securing roles and even wondered if it had been a mistake.

The actor recently reflected on his career in an interview with The Mirror, ahead of the release of his latest show, The Responder.

Bradley, who has been a household name since the ’70s confessed: “I’m always quite surprised when a part comes my way. Sometimes I think it’s a typing error.”

“When I started as an actor I didn’t have any grand plan. I was just flying blind, grateful for any work that came along, and I really still am.”

The actor who hails from South Yorkshire first hit the screens as a policeman in 1971 in the comedy Nearest and Dearest.

However, before landing a role on TV, Bradley got his first taste of acting on the stage when he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.

“I thought I was a theatre actor and that was it, I thought that’s all I would be,” he admitted.

“If anyone had told me I’d be making the things I make and working with some of the people I work with I wouldn’t have believed it.”

The actor has since gone on to win a BAFTA, a Laurence Oliver award as well as an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Warwick.

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Bradley revealed he had been landing more roles now than ever and would’ve put his feet up if the “phone stopped ringing.”

He shared: “Last year I worked up until Christmas … So I decided to take it easy for the first half of the year, enjoy my new house and being with the grandchildren, and just see what comes along.

“If the phone stopped ringing, I would know it’s time to pack up. But the phone’s been ringing more than ever.

He added: “To be honest if nothing came along I think I’d probably get a bit frustrated. But I haven’t had time to find out yet because I’m so busy!”

In his latest BBC drama, Bradley will star as Davey, a man living on the street of Liverpool, who ends up helping Martin Freeman’s character during his night shifts as a police officer.

The actor also recently announced his upcoming appearance on the highly-anticipated Chicken Little sequel as Fowler, the elderly rooster.

“It’s not coming out until next year, but my eldest are already saying they want to come to the premiere,” Bradley concluded.

After Life seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix

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