Can you believe how long its been since Daniel Casey left Midsomer Murders? As Sergeant Gavin Troy, Daniel helped John Nettles solve 29 mysteries before departing for further success on stage and screen.
Cast your mind back to 1997. Tony Blair became Prime Minister. Chelsea won their first major competition for 26 years. Dolly the sheep was ‘born’. And, over on ITV, a fresh faced young copper called Gavin Troy was helping solve the first grisly death in Midsomer Murders.
It could, however, have all been very different, as Daniel Casey explains.
“In the books, Gavin is mid-30s, married, with a couple of children. He’s got ginger hair and wears a long leather coat and leather boots. He’s a bit of a Nazi, really!”
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Happily for the then 24-year-old Casey, the decision had already been made to soften the character somewhat. “They cast me as younger and more naive, and I think that works much better. Although Gavin did have hang ups – homosexuals, old people, and he's every “ist” you could imagine – I think they were borne out of youthful ignorance.” Daniel laughs.
It was the start of a remarkable seven years, and 29 episodes, as John Nettles' sidekick, a time that Daniel Casey clearly enjoyed immensely.
“I had a fantastic time,” he admits. “John and I got on really well, from the first day really. The first scene we shot, we had to drive up in a car outside a murder scene, stop, get out, have a bit of a chat and walk in the house. I drove up, I stopped, I got out, said my line... and all I could hear was shouting from inside the car. I’d parked about an inch from a wall and John couldn’t open the door. He was saying ‘ambitious little swine, isn’t he?!’”
Go to page two for more of our interview with Daniel Casey, including why he decided to leave Midsomer Murders.