Mark Stanley wants to be a police officer in real life.
The 35-year-old actor, who plays DCI Thom Youngblood in the ITV drama ‘Trigger Point’, has revealed playing a police officer in the programme has made him want to pursue a career as a law enforcer.
He is quoted by the Daily Star newspaper as saying: “I’ve always fancied myself as someone who can stay calm in those situations but I’d probably quickly be plummeting to my death still thinking about how to build a life raft.”
Mark’s comments come just after Thom was written out of the show once he was sent hurtling down an elevator shaft.
The character had been in an on-again-off-again relationship with police bomb squad operative Lana Washington (Vicky McClure) before meeting his untimely demise.
Reflecting on Lana’s relationship with Thom, Vicky told ITV: "Lana very quickly discovers that he does have a new girlfriend, Helen and she just so happens to be a beautiful, intelligent police officer.
“Thom is such a gent, he’s a good guy and it was a shame that Lana’s troubles got in the way of her being open enough to have that relationship with him, but there’s only so long that he could wait and he didn’t know if she would be back in six months, six years or never, so Thom is just getting on with his life.
“Lana’s intentions are quite unclear and we’ll see throughout the series where that relationship does head, there’s plenty to explore.”
Mark agreed and added: “I don’t think Thom is the best at relationships, but I didn’t want him to come off as flippant or fickle in regard to women. He’s only been seeing Helen for a few weeks, they’re just dating, but she’s aware of who Lana is.
“Thom and Lana had been together for quite a while, and they’d been through a lot together, including losing her brother and best friend. When they see each other again they’re put in a really stressful, dangerous situation and it reignites something between them, a trust and a bond.
“He's not in an enviable position at all – imagine having someone so significant suddenly just walking back into your life, amidst a crazy turn of events that you never envisaged yourself being a part of. She is the only person who can save his life in that moment.”