How does someone go from playing a footman in Gosford Park to being part of the best ensemble in television? Well, for Jeremy Swift it has been a long and winding road with roles ranging from Barry on The Smoking Room on BBC3, to being cast in the British independent film Downhill, and playing the butler of the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey for 3 seasons. Truth be told, Swift has been a working actor for going on 40 years. However, it’s his role as Leslie Higgins on Apple TV+ smash hit, Ted Lasso which has elevated his profile in the eyes of the public. That’s what happens when you are on a show which is a cultural phenomenon.
What was striking in this discussion is the person who seemingly is thrown for a loop the most about the popularity of the show is Swift himself. Maybe it’s because the show isn’t that big in the United Kingdom? We actually discuss that in the interview. We also discuss the overwhelming split between fans who have and haven’t seen Ted Lasso and what his favorite scene he’s ever shot on the show. Swift even gives us a preview of what’s to come for Higgins in Season 2.
Season one of Ted Lasso is currently available to stream on Apple TV+. Season two drops July 23.
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