Midsomer Murders DCI Barnaby, played by Neil Dudgeon, is usually a pretty unflappable kind of guy. Even in the face of some horrific murders, Barnaby always seems to have a ’been there, done that’ kind of demeanour. So, it made for very interesting reading when Neil revealed all in a quick fire interview in the Daily Express last week.
Neil Dudgeon confronts his fears

Neil started off by letting us know that he’s actually a very good cook, although he does admit to not cooking anything fancy. His nickname (and there were no great shocks here) is Dudge but a little more surprising was that the bravest thing he has ever done is to take his kids to the top of St Paul’s cathedral. It appears Neil suffers from vertigo and didn’t enjoy the experience one little bit. Let’s hope he doesn’t have to film any scenes up church towers in the show any time soon.

Neil also revealed a little bit about his personal side in his younger days. He claims to have been more self-conscious and shy back then, which he fears may have upset some people, so he took the opportunity to apologise.

His biggest regret is that he once had the opportunity to go to Australia but turned it down for what later transpired to be the wrong reasons, and to this day he has never set foot Down Under.

He also let us in on a little secret – that it doesn’t take much to make him cry. Now that doesn’t sound like our Barnaby. But then who knows, perhaps the baby will bring out a softer side in Barnaby.

It’s great to find out a little bit more about Neil, and his differences to the character really highlight what a great actor he is.