'Blackadder' actor brands co-stars 'arrogant'

Tony Robinson has hit out at his “arrogant and irritating” ‘Blackadder’ co-stars.

The veteran actor admits he always felt different to the other stars of the historical sitcom - Oxbridge-educated Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, and Rowan Atkinson - and sometimes found it difficult to work with them.

He said: “Being an actor who, out of survival, had been taught to doff the cap, I had a completely different mindset from these astonishingly talented but very arrogant young men.

“Half of me adored it. They had enormous intellectual confidence and social ease. They knew each other's girlfriends and how to be charming and thought they were doing the BBC a favour.

“But I was also about ten years older than most of them, so I was partly irritated by it.

“The impression you got was that they slid off the silver spoon straight into the rehearsal room at BBC TV Centre.”

While he blasted ‘Q.I.’ host Stephen for talking “b******s” and said ‘House’ actor Hugh is too negative, Tony managed to find some praise for Rowan.

He added: “Stephen Fry is all b******s. His formulations are so elegant and labyrinthine that you don't notice the bits when he is talking b******s. He comes to a mental cul-de-sac and manages to reverse out, whereas the rest of us would go into the lamppost.

“Rowan is less verbal, but has a stunning inner strength and he's very kind. Hugh Laurie can't bear to watch anything he's made. I caught the disease from him, and my children say I'm a Mr Grouch in front of anything I'm in - but, actually, Hugh makes me look cheerful.”

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