Tom Mison takes on British role in American series.
What can you tell me about the actor who plays Ichabod Crane on the new “Sleepy Hollow” series?
—Savannah Luner, Green Bay, Wisconsin
“Sleepy Hollow” is Tom Mison’s first leading role in a series in the U.S. The British import is one of the few English actors currently on television in an American series, who actually plays a Brit — and it isn’t because he has an inadequate American accent.
Rather, in this updated version of “Sleepy Hollow,” Ichabod Crane has been transformed from an American schoolteacher into a Cambridge professor, who decided to fight in the Revolutionary War, but switched to the American side and was actually on a special assignment for General George Washington when his encounter with the Headless Horsemen put him in the grave for 250 years.
Mison is very much enjoying his first experience on American television, and says it is quite different than the shows he has done in the U.K.
“Being on this is much more like being on a film set,” he says. “I think you can see from the results that it looks much more like a feature film than something on television. At the moment, we in England are looking over here and seeing amazing television being made. It’s nice to be part of something that is taking that and just ramping it even further and really testing everything that you can do in this medium.”
Prior to “Sleepy Hollow,” Mison, 31, was best known for his role in the feature film “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” and the PBS series “Parade’s End.” His other film credits include “One Day,” “Steve,” “Heroes and Villains,” “Venus,” and “Mysterious Island.” His TV credits include “Lost in Austen,” “New Tricks,” “Lewis,” “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Third Girl,” “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” and “The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard.”
Back home, the London-based actor, who trained at the Webber-Douglas Academy, is a constant presence on the British theater scene and has performed in more than 15 plays, including “Posh,” “Henry IV Parts 1 and 2,” “Elektra,” “Hamlet” and “The Living Unknown Soldier.”