More often than not, when conducting an interview for a big TV series, it happens in the days, weeks and sometimes even months leading up to launch. But in the case of our chat with likeable actor Ben Barnes, promoting new Netflix fantasy series Shadow and Bone, the show has actually launched already. This gave us the chance to discuss the positive reaction to the series from the loyal fans of the original books, while as also speak about how Barnes got to the psychology of the character at hand, as he plays the shows foremost villain.

He also tells us which episode is his favourite (and yes, we’ve since seen it and can confirm he’s right) – while we ask if he has any interest in returning to the world of cinema. Watch the full interview with Ben here:


Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.

Shadow & Bone is out on Netflix now.