Robson Green has admitted that at first, he found being on set at Waterloo Road difficult, because his own school experience was so bad.
The actor, who recently starred in BBC Being Human, joins the cast of the drama as site manager Rob Scotcher and revealed that he was brutalised by his own headmaster when he was a child.
He told Reveal:
“I was brutalised by my headteacher. He used the f***ing cane – it was terrifying.
“There were teachers who disciplined by fear and you’re kind of scarred by that – by the hitting and the mental scarring.”
“I talked too much. I think I just expressed myself in a way that was inappropriate.
“I wanted to be the centre of attention – it’s what an actor does. If there is a lull in the room, you try to make it a nicer place.
“Later, I decided wearing make-up and doing dialogue is what I loved.
“It was a great way to feel more confident and express and learn and educate, but that wasn’t encouraged in the North East of England. No one could understand why I wanted to be an actor.”
So at first, filming for Waterloo Road, which is set in a comprehensive school, was hard for Green and he added:
“I felt like I should put my hands behind my back when I speak to the director – it’s like talking to the headmaster!
“At first, there was an uncomfortable two hours when I stupidly thought ‘I am not really happy in this place’.
“I asked for someone to direct me to my caravan, and we all had bloody classrooms for dressing rooms. Nightmare!”
Waterloo Road returns to BBC One for it’s seventh series next Wednesday, 4th May at 7.30pm.