Alex Lawther for Issue 13

24 November 2017

Photographer CAT GARCIA

"I suppose you learn things from different characters for when you go onto to the next. If that character is over here and the next character is over there, you learn what that space in between them is. Oh gosh, when actors talk about this - I am so nebulous and silly.”

In a poetically tranquil North London garden, British actor Alex Lawther and editor-in-chief Cecilie Harris sat down for an afternoon tea to chat about life, acting and the modern world, whilst Cat Garcia captured pretty pictures and David Nolan dressed him in young gentleman attire. In this well-hidden oasis, it became clear that Alex is one of Britain's young and flourishing secret acting talents. His ability to give pure emotional performances that somehow hits you right at the core.

Alex is a busy boy and has a heap load of exciting projects coming up on the horizon. 'Goodbye Christopher Robin', where he plays Christopher Robin at age 18, was recently screened in the cinemas. Additionally, Alex plays the character Tibby in the BBC mini-series 'Howard’s End' with a plot set in the 20th-century. Then there is the film 'Freak Show', where he’ll be playing Billy Bloom (doesn't that just rhyme with Billy Moon, his Christopher Robin character...?) against the likes of Bette Midler and Abigail Breslin. Other projects include the TV-series 'The End Of The F***ing World' and the films 'Ghost Stories' and 'Carnage: Swallowing the Past'. It’s clear that Alex Lawther is a Brit to look out for.

“I avoid social media, because I suppose I don’t know what to say on these things. There are enough silly unnecessary stresses in life, so I suppose it’s an avoidance tactic,” Alex says. Social media is a big part of the industry today, but it's not Alex's thing. Even though we seem to be more engaged than previously, he notes that it’s often in the form of ‘clicks’ and not perhaps creating change or an action. He questions if we should do and not just say.

For more of Alex, take in the full 8-page story, beyond the few teasers below. Our brand new Autumn Winter '17 issue, ‘Tales of a new Generation,’ is available to buy online and in stores.

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