Alfred Enoch Talks “Harry Potter” and “How to Get Away with Murder”
Since 2014, actor Alfred Enoch has been best known for his portrayal of Wes Gibbons in ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. But he has always shown love for the movie franchise that helped start his career, Harry Potter, in which he played Dean Thomas.
In an interview published by Digital Spy, Enoch sat with Sunday Brunch‘s Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer on March 11 and talked about both series.
When the hosts couldn’t decide which series was more popular, Enoch set the record straight:
I think you can’t really front on Harry Potter. That’s just such a phenomenon. It was massive for me, I’m of that generation that we had the books as they were coming out. We’re pretty much the age of Harry Potter, so we grew up with it. So that’s a huge, huge thing.
However, Enoch was sympathetic to the other side of the debate as well.
But How to Get Away With Murder has just sort of taken over in a way that I couldn’t have imagined. When I got myself involved with that, I didn’t know what it was going to be.
But even though How to Get Away with Murder helped to skyrocket him further, he acknowledges and appreciates the boost Harry Potter gave to his career.
It was a lovely thing to start with in a way, that was the first thing I ever really did in the industry.
Enoch stated that he didn’t gain the attention Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson received because he wasn’t one of the big three, meaning he had more freedom.
And for something on that scale, but for me … It was a lovely experience, it was a big learning experience, but I didn’t have so much to do – you know, I wasn’t Dan, Rupert or Emma – so I didn’t have all that visibility.
Enoch’s popularity was boosted enormously when he appeared on his next show, only to devastate fans when he was killed off at the end of the third season. He has been seen since then as Aeneas in BBC One’s Troy: Fall of a City.