My Layton Williams interview for BBC Three

My series of articles in celebration of the reboot of BBC Three’s Bad Education ended with my interview with its new co-lead Layton Williams.

The Everybody’s Talking About Jamie actor returns to the show that made him famous – but this time, he’s taking control.

Not only does Layton star as the flamboyant Stephen Carmichael in Bad Education series four, but he also co-wrote an episode of the show. Naturally, that episode also stars Bianca Del Rio, his former Jamie co-star.

Layton not only made his writing debut in the new series, but he also choreographed some of the BBC Three comedy’s best moments, including its one-of-a-kind IBS-themed musical in episode one.

Bad Education,4,Jinx (LAURA MARCUS);Stephen (LAYTON WILLIAMS);Usma (ASHA HASSAN),Tiger Aspect Productions,Gary Moyes

In the interview, Layton discusses all of this, as well as how he has changed since first starring in the show in 2012. In person, Layton has a singular way of talking – part theatre kid, part Drag Race talking head – that is a joy to listen to.

Hopefully you get a sense of that in the interview, which is available to read over at the BBC Three website now. Something like 200,000 people read it, so hopefully that speaks to something.

This interview is the last of four pieces I wrote based on my interviews with Layton and co-star Charlie Wernham. The rest you can read below:

Bad Education cast pick their favourite ever moments

Layton Williams and Charlie Wernham on Bad Education reunion: ‘It’s really emotional’

Bad Education series 4 cast: Meet the class of 2023

Published by Samuel Spencer

Journalist at BBC Three. Deputy Culture Editor at Newsweek. Formerly at, Press Association, ARTINFO. Lover of film, TV and the actresses it they give work to. Contact me

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