Feel like i’ve made this post verbatim several times, but there’s a particular quality my favourite actors all have - a sort of seething vulnerability that properly gets me. Graham’s absolutely got that. Eddie Marsan has it. Olivia Coleman’s got it. Obviously Cazale and Gandolfini, etc, Considine. It feels like you’re not watching somebody play a part, cheesy as that sounds.
The scenes with Combo and Whitey in This Is England i find fucking astonishingly good, all the more when you view it through the context of Graham’s own background and what he’d have almost certainly have experienced himself growing up as a mixed-race working class teenager in Thatcher-era Liverpool. To get so deep into a character like that must’ve been an absolute headfuck.
Not sure Meadows gets anywhere near enough credit for the way so many of his characters portray pain and anger so frequently in such a relatable but brutal way. The depth to some of the characters he’s helped create is incredible.