A chat with Nicholas Pinnock

FORTITUDE comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD from 1st June 2015




Working professionally from a young age, Nicholas Pinnock appeared in a number of high-profile TV series, including EastEnders and The Bill. He then went on to roles in the award-winning Top Boy, The Ice Cream Girls and Mandela: The Prison Years. Pinnock also appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger and in early 2015 will be seen in Monsters: Dark Continent. In Fortitude, he plays Frank Sutter.

Can you describe the series? There’s a lot going on. There are lots of secrets, people turn out to not necessarily be who you originally thought they were and there’s a murder. This is the first time the people of Fortitude have encountered such an event and it causes a lot of turbulence. They don’t quite know how to deal with it or what to do with it.

Because there’s no crime in Fortitude? Exactly. Fortitude is the best place in the world to live until this horrific event happens, so then you find out a lot of things about the people who live there.


How does your character fit into the story? Frank has recently moved to Fortitude with his wife Jules and son Liam to be the chief search-and-rescue officer. He doesn’t really want to be there, he’s done a few tours in Afghanistan and would rather still be there but something has made it impossible for him to stay.

He is a bit of a naughty lad isn’t he? I like to say misguided. He tries to escape this life he doesn’t really want because he’d rather be back in Afghanistan, and that makes him take certain courses of action.

What can you tell us about his son, Liam? Liam goes through a pretty major event that Frank is involved in and it causes a lot of tension between Frank and Jules, as well as having a kind of ripple effect throughout the town.

What is Frank and Jules’ relationship like? Let’s just say it’s not a great one, but there’s hope.

And what about Elena? Frank and Elena have a very strange relationship, perhaps not one a married man should be having. But that in itself is a really interesting turning point in Frank’s story as well.


Fortitude has attracted an A-list cast. What has it been like to work with everybody? I am surrounded by a wealth of talent in this show. It’s an absolute dream job to be working with these people and to be included in such a cast. I could list the whole cast and gush about how lovely they are.

How did you find filming in Iceland? It has to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. It really fits Fortitude, it’s eerie and spiritual and mysterious and intriguing, all the things I think the show is. Everywhere you turn you can see a snow-capped mountain. We have filmed in the most amazing locations and viewers are in store for some really epic scenery.

We’re in something of a golden age of television at the moment. Will Fortitude add to that? Oh for sure. Fortitude will deliver something that you haven’t really seen on television before. We were up in Hoffell filming on a glacier – this is the glacier they filmed Batman and Bond on and I don’t really see many TV shows that can offer that landscape on such an epic scale.

Why should people watch Fortitude? Because Michael Gambon is in it, that’s why I’m going to watch. And because Fortitude is very intelligent television. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.

FORTITUDE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SERIES, the incredible brand new dark drama series, released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 1st June 2015

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