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Aneurin Barnard as Cilla Black’s beloved Bobby Willis

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Aneurin Barnard in Cilla (episode 1)

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Aneurin Barnard in Cilla (episode 1)

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Cilla | Episode 2, Monday 22nd September at 9pm, ITV

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With Bobby it was a bit different. Because he was the man in the shadows, there was no footage. Which was very difficult. And sadly because we lost Bobby in ’99, I couldn’t go and talk to the man either. So it was very difficult to try to figure out, ‘Right, where do I place his voice? Where do I find his stature,’ and all this. So I had to home in on information that Jeff and Kwadjo and Paul had ‘stolen’ from Cilla’s family and Robert, the son of Bobby, who was very helpful in giving me some personal information about how his father led as a man but also as a brutal manager. So, for me, it was a lot to do with talking to people that knew him or watching interviews of people that were around him or interviewed him. And then there was a very small documentary piece where he actually talked. That was my reference to the way his mannerisms were and the way he talked. But that was later in life. This was when he was in his 50s. So I had to then reverse that into a young man and remember that he’s had 40 years of smoking cigarettes and smoking 25 a day. So then the voice changes, later in life as it does to when you’re younger. So I had to reverse the cycle, in essence. And then it was…like Sheridan is saying, you’ve got to have licence then to play the scenes and you don’t want to get too entrapped with trying to impersonate someone and you want to create the essence of what that person stood for and how they represented themselves. So, hopefully, I found a young Bobby. I’ll never know.

 - Aneurin about the research he did before portraying Bobby.
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Aneurin photographed by Simon Lipman

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