Name, where are you from?
Jack Rowan, London.
Describe your style in three words?
DMs. Jeans. Polo. (Everyday staples).
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Alabama 3 at Brixton Academy. My old man’s not great with technology and after seeing an Alabama 3 fly poster, he asked me to see if there were any tickets left to see them. Little did he know, I was a big fan of them also. Thankfully there were a few tickets left! Fast forward 24 hours and we were stood in the perfect position, ears ringing, beers on tap at the first and only gig we’ve been to together. We had a great laugh and it was on this night I had to accept my dad’s cooler than me, as he stood there in his band t-shirt, singing along to every lyric...making me look like a fake fan.
If you could work with any film-maker in history?
If I could work with any film-maker, I would say Shane Meadows. The original ‘This is England’ movie was the first film I can remember that really affected me. I couldn’t stop thinking about it! On top of that, films like ‘A Room for Romeo Brass’ and ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ are amongst my favourites of all time. I’d love to look back at a body of work one day and say “F*ck! I’ve worked with Shane Meadows!"
Which Subcultures have influenced you?
I’d say the late 1950s Mod fashion has influenced the way I dress. I genuinely live in Fred Perry Knitwear...and I’m not just saying that...this is merely a coincidence. Nonetheless, thanks for having me!
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Robin Williams. That man was and IS an icon. He’d make us all belly laugh in one movie, and make us cry in another. He was a unique and beautiful soul. If I’d had an hour with him, I’d have just sat and listened...and without doubt, laughed and cried.
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Shane McGowan of The Pogues. Maybe, on the surface, people may see him as only a wild fella and/or doubt him as a 'pitch-perfect' singer. When really, he’s one of the most poetic songwriters there’s ever been. As Kirsty MacColl said, “No idiot could write the sort of songs he writes, he’s a genius you know.”
Jack Rowan is a British actor best known for his role as Bonnie Gold on 'Peaky Blinders' and currently stars in the BBC drama 'Noughts + Crosses'.
'Noughts + Crosses' premiered on Thursday 5th March 2020 on BBC1, you can catch up and stream the entire series on BBC iPlayer now by clicking here.