The Inbetweeners’ Blake Harrison forced to work second job as series ‘didn’t pay well’

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The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison has revealed he was forced to pick up a second job while filming the first two series because the cast ‘weren’t paid well.’

The 34-year-old actor, who played Neil Sutherland in the award-winning sitcom, admitted that Channel 4 bosses weren’t hopeful that the comedy would be a roaring success when the wheels were first put into motion back in 2008.

‘When it was first delivered a Channel 4 exec said, “This is like the worst episode ever of Grange Hill.”

‘There weren’t high hopes,’ Blake said.

He continued to Radio Times: ‘In between the first and second series, I worked in the Scare Chamber at Madame Tussauds because we weren’t paid well.’

First airing 11 years ago, The Inbetweeners went on to air three series followed by The Inbetweeners Movie in 2011, The Inbetweeners 2 in 2014 and the divisive reunion episode on New Years Day 2019.

The cast, made up of Blake, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Simon Bird, have ruled out returning to the small-screen for another series.

‘I don’t know how that would work,’ Simon told Screen Daily yesterday. ‘I don’t think it would work with the characters grown up, which we now all are.

‘No one is going to buy us as teenagers anymore. And I think the idea of the four of us back together as 30-somethings is going to be a bit more depressing for everyone.’

Meanwhile, James has revealed he’s ‘really, really struggling’ with fame, to the point where he’s considering ‘never leaving the house again.

The star, who played compulsive liar Jay Cartwright in the E4 show, admitted that being in the spotlight has left him feeling ‘anxious’ and ‘uncomfortable’, particularly after the backlash he experienced during the reunion.

‘I think I’m getting closer and closer to never leaving my house again. I’m struggling with it and I’m not even that famous,’ he said on the Complete Load of Podcast.

‘I’m not anywhere near Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt or someone like that and I really, really struggle with it. It’s something I find really, really difficult,’ he added.

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