Finn Jones: 'Matt Smith an inspiration as Doctor Who'

Posted Oct 30, 2010 by Mathew Wace Peck
The newest recruit to The Sarah Jane Adventures, young rising star Finn Jones, has praised Matt Smith and would jump at the chance to return to the Doctor Who universe.
Finn Jones  as Santiago Jones (The Sarah Jane Adventures)
Finn Jones, as Santiago Jones (The Sarah Jane Adventures)
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Jones joined the Doctor Who spin-off drama this week as Santiago Jones, the grandson of one of the Doctor's former travelling companions, Jo Grant (Katy Manning).
Santiago and Jo joined the Bannerman Road team of Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen), Clyde (Daniel Anthony) and Rani (Anjli Mohindra) in order to save the Doctor (Matt Smith), in Death of the Doctor, by Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk).
Jones only began his professional acting career in 2009, after completing a three-year drama course at the Arts Educational Schools – a specialist London-based co-educational performing-arts school. His first professional TV role was as Jamie, in Channel 4's Hollyoaks Later, and then its parent programme, Hollyoaks. He followed this with parts in the eleventh series of the popular BBC daytime drama, Doctors, and, before its demise earlier this year, two episodes of ITV's The Bill.
Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine about his time on The Sarah Jane Adventures, Jones said:
You learn from everyone all the time. Working with Matt was a complete eye-opener, just to see him come on set so energetic, and so with-it, and so confident in what he does. He’s only a few years older than me [Smith is 27, Jones is 23], and he’s a big inspiration [. . .] I’m just starting out, so I learn all I can.
I have a day job, I work in a bar, and I’ve a lot of good, solid friends, so that keeps me sane.
If they offered me more Santiago and I’m free, then definitely. I wouldn’t give it a second thought, really. Fighting aliens, being cool, saving the planet – it’s all so cool. There’s nothing bad about being in the world of Doctor Who.
Finn, Knight of Flowers
Jones is soon to become much more well-known following the announcement that he's been cast as Ser Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers, in George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones for HBO.
Jones may well have a lot to learn, but Martin is very impressed with the 23-year-old actor, posting on his Not A Blog in June:
I suppose I could still hint around about this . . . something about holly and oaks and a bill, I guess . . . but it seems rather pointless, since (1) you guys would solve such hints in about twelve seconds, and (2) the answer has already leaked out on Twitter and has been picked up by some of the fan sites.
So instead I'll just confirm the reports. We have our Knight of Flowers. The part of Ser Loras Tyrell in the HBO series A Game of Thrones will be played by Finn Jones.
Jones is a talented young British actor [. . .] I have seen Finn's audition for Ser Loras (the scene where Loras confront Jaime and Brienne at the gates of the Red Keep), which was terrific.
Jones also appears in Channel 4's new online drama, The Curfewsee the video interview, above – which has been produced by the BAFTA-winning company, LittleLoud Productions.