REMIND US OF WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR CHARACTER AT THE END OF LAST SERIES?
We last saw Oliver in a smoking car wreck, unconscious and bleeding heavily, having learned the lesson that taking your seatbelt off to get frisky with your girlfriend whilst she is driving isn't a good idea.
IS OLIVER IN HOSPITAL FOR LONG AND HOW DOES HE GET OUT OF HIS COMA?
Oliver is in hospital for about three months - he is woken from his coma through the rather unorthodox methods of one slightly unhinged nurse, Jeanette Dunkley.
IS OLIVER AWARE OF THE METHODS THAT WERE USED TO WAKE HIM UP?
On some level I think he is aware. There are signs that the trauma has left some indelible print on his subconscious.
WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SHOOTING THESE SCENES?
Rehearsals were rather interesting, as we hadn't quite solved the problem of protecting me from any real harm but a few welts later we had it sorted. The scene was actually surprisingly easy to film - seeing it on the script I was worried I might laugh (which tends to shatter the illusion of being in a coma) but all I really thought about was what a fantastic job Julie Legrand (who plays Jeanette Dunkley) did with the scene - it's hilariously disturbing.
ANIKA SEEMED TO BE PLAYING FAMILY SWAP LAST SERIES AND JUMPING IN TO BED WITH BOTH OLIVER AND HIS FATHER - WHAT'S THE FUTURE FOR THEM THIS SERIES?
The trauma of the accident and the relief of Oliver's recovery seem to have brought Oliver and Anika closer together. It's a bond that even Ollie's dad Garry (after a few ill-advised decisions) comes to respect and for all its intents and purposes, it looks like fresh starts all round for the family.
DO YOU THINK THEY ARE SERIOUSLY IN LOVE OR ARE THEY USING EACH OTHER?
With the temptations of money gone (Chukka Ent. has been run into the ground, Oliver and Anika are essentially broke), it does look like love that holds Oliver and Anika together at the start of the series. Of course, as things progress, money (and temptation) re-appear, so trouble can't be far away.
DO EITHER OF THEM HAVE A ROVING EYE FOR THE OPPOSITE SEX IN THIS SERIES OR WILL THEY REMAIN FAITHFUL?
In the course of the series, both Oliver and Anika will face stern tests of their fidelity. Neither of them are saints - mistakes will surely be made.
LAST SERIES YOU HAD SOME CONTROVERSIAL SEX SCENES WITH ANIKA - ARE THERE ANY MORE SAUCY SCENES LIKE THAT IN THIS SERIES?
No, Oliver gets to keep his clothes on all the time and takes up knitting, actually... Oh no, wait, wrong show. There will, of course, be some scenes of a naughty nature; some with Anika, some without, some comedic, some serious,
DO YOU THINK OLIVER HAS CHANGED SINCE LAST SERIES?
Oliver is very driven in this series - his drug problem is now well behind him, he throws himself into resurrecting his business with Anika's help. I think he does feel the blessing of being given a second chance and he seems keen not to waste it. At the end of the day, though, he's still Oliver Ryan and he's still a selfish man.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECTS THAT OLIVER IS INVOLVED IN THIS SERIES? IF SO, WITH WHOM, AND WHAT DO THEY INVOLVE?
With Anika's help, Chukka Ent. diversify into faith healing, with the assistance of their own 'miracle worker', Jeannette. Anika also comes up with the idea of a personal, high-class cleaning service (Eager Beevors) which of course, remains upmarket if not high-class, if you know what I mean...
WHAT IS OLIVER'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FATHER LIKE THIS SERIES?
Garry actually comes to respect Oliver in this series, and coupled with his relief at Oliver's recovery, they get about as close to a full reconciliation as could be expected.
WHY DO YOU THINK OLIVER AND HIS FATHER HAVE SUCH A ROCKY RELATIONSHIP?
The truce they call in this series does feel like a precarious one, but the main reason that Garry gave Oliver a hard time was Oliver's lack of drive. And Oliver proves he's matured in that sense in this series. Garry's love of the limelight has always been a sticking point between them and it is in this series too. But there's more tolerance between them now. I'm hoping they'll get a chance to be at each other's throats again soon. Family feuds beat family bliss any day, don't they?
IS YOUR FAMILY ANYTHING LIKE THIS ONE?
Oh no, we're not particularly similar. I think maybe because my family aren't characters in a spin-off from Footballers' Wives I guess. Come on, is anyone's family like this?!
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT PLAYING YOUR CHARACTER?
Oliver's a selfish man, plain and simple. Yes, he's more motivated, yes he seems more caring and yes, his drug problems are behind him. But the bottom line is Oliver will do whatever it takes to get what he wants, no matter what the repercussions for those around him and he's still got a self-destructive streak that's bound to get him in trouble. He is tremendous fun to play. And he still gets to wear some great clothes.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE AND DISLIKE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IF YOU WERE INTRODUCED IN REAL LIFE?
I think I'd get on with Oliver pretty well if I met him at a party or something. He's witty, he's intelligent and he knows how to have a good time. However while being selfish is fun to play, it's no fun to deal with in real life. I doubt Oliver's capable of being a real friend to anybody. I have no time for that.
WHAT ARE THE SIMILARITIES/DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOU AND THE CHARACTER YOU ARE PLAYING?
My family and friends are hugely important to me, while Oliver and I may share a decent education, a taste for sarcasm and having a good time, I'd like to think I could never be selfish enough to ignore the needs and feelings of those I care about. What's the point of success if there's no one to share it with once you get it?
OLIVER IS A BIT OF A LADIES MAN, WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A HIT WITH THE LADIES?
Oh absolutely, they're powerless to resist my wily charms. And the fact I use chloroform as aftershave.
HOW DO YOU THINK EXTRA TIME DIFFERS FROM FOOTBALLERS' WIVES?
Obviously, as we go out on ITV2, we are given a little more freedom to push some boundaries, which is exciting to be a part of and, I hope, interesting to watch. I also think Extra Time looks a little different to the main show, there's more camera movement and the whole series seems a little darker. It's one of my favourite aspects of the show.
HAVE YOU FILMED A MEMORABLE SCENE YET?
I play Oliver, of course I've filmed a memorable scene! There's the coma awakening, the faith healing show, the beginning of Eager Beevors cleaning services plus we're about to start filming the last three episodes of the series, so there's bound to be some fireworks there.
DO YOU HAVE AN ACTIVE SOCIAL LIFE?
I do enjoy going out with my friends but I'm also a man who likes his creature comforts at home. Basically if I feel like going out, there's little that can stop me and if I don't, there's little that can make me. Balance is important.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL ACTING ROLE?
It was a low-budget short film called 'Penance'. I played Vincent, a young ambitious businessman who was also a racist homophobe. But he died in the end so it's okay.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND BROUGHT UP?
I was born in Belgium but we moved to Surrey before I was a year old and that's where I grew up. I didn't move until I went to university in London.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I live in West London.
DO YOU SUPPORT A FOOTBALL TEAM?
I don't actually. I only really started enjoying football about 9 years ago and it's great to be able to enjoy a game for the football itself rather than having any potentially crippling emotional involvement with it (except England matches, where crippling emotional involvement is a given). People always say I should choose a team but geographically that leaves with Chelsea and Fulham. If I start supporting Chelsea now, I'm a glory hunter. And Fulham, well yeah, I don't support a team.
WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH EXTRA TIME?
Every time you get a script, you really have no idea what to expect. You think you do, but you don't. And the minute you think nothing can surprise you... well, you're usually in for a surprise. And that's the fun about it. It's a different challenge every day with a really committed group of people and you can't ask for much more than that.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE FILMING THE LAST SERIES?
Summer was pretty good to me actually. I featured in an ad compaign for River Island and filmed a couple of commercials for Europe, in Amsterdam and Madrid. It's always fun when work takes you to places you want to go.
WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO DO AFTER FINISHING FILMING THE SERIES?
I'm hoping to go on holiday. Then get some more work. Maybe win the lottery. We'll see.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
Music takes up a lot of my free time. I play guitar, drums and piano. Tennis is the sport I play most but I'm hoping to get into squash so I can play some kind of racket sport through the winter.