Tom Burke Talks Acting, “Strike”, Before New Season (With New Trailer!)

With a new season of Strike, the television adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s crime series, on its way to the BBC on February 25, there’s new publicity popping up. This season adapts the third book in the series, Career of Evil, and if this new trailer is any indication, it’s going to be quite the nail-biter.



Meanwhile, in anticipation of the new season, star Tom Burke sat down with the Sunday Times to talk about the show, meeting J.K. Rowling, his career and – how much women seem to love him?

It all seems a bit bemusing to Burke. “I don’t feel like a pin-up. I know people think I’m handsome or whatever, and that’s great…but I’m very happy sitting in the middle ground. What’s the word they always use to describe me … Rugged. I’m quite happy being rugged,” he said.

But beyond that, Burke seems enthralled by the chance to play Rowling’s scruffy detective and excited for what the third installment in the series brings. When reading the book Career of Evil, he says he found something “delicious” about it. “There’s something there, isn’t there? It’s palpable…I’d be happy to do this for so long. I’d love to grow old playing this part,” he said.

He also spoke about Rowling’s presence on the set of Strike for read-throughs and occasionally during shooting. Her presence on set was enough to “stiffen the sinews” of Burke and costar Holliday Grainger.

Burke also discussed where he would like to see his career go in the future (probably not Hollywood) and also mentioned how he studied the work of his godfather, the late Alan Rickman, in the Harry Potter films to learn how to keep a character interesting.

Career of Evil will be broadcast on BBC1 in the UK starting February 25, 2018, and will be released on DVD March 5. The third installment will premiere in the US, with the first five episodes covering The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm.

Are you excited to see the newest episodes of Strike? Let us know in the comments what you think of the show!