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MAY
21
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Hugh Dancy on Avoiding Typecasting, Picking Quirky Indies and 'Hannibal' (Exclusive Video)

The 38-year-old Brit talks to THR about his life, career and acclaimed role as Will Graham on NBC's hit drama series, for which he is in contention for an Emmy nom.

NEW YORK – Last week, I had the pleasure of moderating the second installment of "In Conversation," a collaboration between BAFTA New York and The Hollywood Reporter that provides an opportunity for British filmmakers to discuss their lives and careers in-depth in front of an audience of BAFTA members. Our guest for the first such hourlong conversation, which was held back in February at The Standard High Line, was Benedict Cumberbatch. This time around, we were delighted to welcome another terrific young British actor, Hugh Dancy.

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As you can see in the exclusive video of our full conversation that appears at the top of this page, 38-year-old Dancy and I discussed his early interests, influences and professional discovery shortly after graduating from Oxford; his breakthrough role in David Copperfield (2000); his flirtation with a certain kind of stardom via the big studio projects Black Hawk Down (2001), King Arthur (2004), Ella Enchanted (2004) and Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009); his Emmy-nominated work on the miniseries Elizabeth I (2005); his work in the female-centric projects Evening and The Jane Austen Book Club (both 2007), the former of which paired him with his future wife, Claire Danes; his groundbreaking portrayal of a man with Asperger syndrome in Adam (2009); his critically acclaimed work on Broadway in Journey's End (2007) and Venus in Fur (2011-2012); gravitation toward quirky indie films like Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) and Hysteria (2012); and, of course, his recent and highly acclaimed work on the hit NBC series Hannibal (2013-).

Conversations with actors who are as open, honest and generous with their time are increasingly rare. Dancy has the gratitude of everyone at BAFTA New York and THR, plus his passionate and growing fan base, for making this conversation such a memorable one. And THR looks forward to working with BAFTA New York and its leadership -- including Luke Parker Bowles, Christina Thomas and Harlene Freezer -- to make many more conversations like it possible.

Twitter: @ScottFeinberg