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Tom Summers on being an extra in Far From The Maddling Crowd

PUBLISHED: 10:54 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:55 18 May 2015

Tom Summers. Photo by stephen.yates@btinternet.com

Tom Summers. Photo by stephen.yates@btinternet.com

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Tom Summers, runs a rare breed pig business and also works at his family's business Felicity's Farm Shop in Morcombelake.

Tom Summers as a Victorian gentlemanTom Summers as a Victorian gentleman

“In 2013 I answered an advert in the Bridport News looking for ‘agricultural-type people’, specifying that men should have beards. I went along to the WI Hall in Bridport, and there was a queue all the way round the block of blokes in various states of stubble. They took my photo and said they’d let me know. I kept my beard all that summer – and it was a hot one, so it got quite uncomfortable, but they’d asked us not to trim or clip it as they wanted a proper 19th-century rustic backwoodsman look. I’d told them I was a pig farmer and knew how to handle animals, so I expected that if I did get a part it would be as a farmhand or something: but when they rang back they said they wanted me to play a Victorian gentleman. Upgrade! So I got a top hat, tailcoat, and beard trim. I was on set for four days, mainly shooting around Sherborne Abbey. I had a close-up with Michael Sheen, and Juno Temple (who plays Fanny Robin) begged me for some money. It was really good fun: everyone was totally professional, there was no diva behaviour. And you know what they say about the caterer being the most important person on set? Absolutely true! Great food!”

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