Jamie Demetriou’s year in TV: ‘I’m not shutting the door on Stath Lets Flats’

The actor on taking a pause, watching The Masked Singer with his flatmate, and why Mare of Easttown knocked his socks off

Jamie Demetriou, 34, started his career in student comedy, performing at the Edinburgh fringe. His TV roles include parts in Toast of London, Fleabag and the Apple TV+ series The Afterparty, which debuted in 2022. In 2021, the third series of his Bafta-winning comedy Stath Lets Flats – about an incompetent letting agent – aired on Channel 4. He stars in the series alongside his sister, Natasia Demetriou. Demetriou won the 2022 Bafta for best male performance in a comedy.

How did it feel to see Stath Lets Flats get so much acclaim for its third run?
I was so terrified of the response to series three, because I had a really hard time writing and shooting it, and you assume that’s going to be conducive to a bad product. The feeling of relief I had that it wasn’t a disaster was overwhelming. As for whether it’s the end of the show, I think there’s more to that universe. I’m not shutting the door on it. But I said I was taking a pause, which got construed as me taking a career break. I was working on the series for 10 years, so I’m just trying to work out what I want to do next.

Jamie Demetriou with his sister, Natasia, and Christos Stergioglou in Stath Lets Flats
With his sister, Natasia Demetriou, and Christos Stergioglou in Stath Lets Flats. Photograph: Jack Barnes/Channel 4

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing your job?
I’d like to design clothes, even just for myself, because my shape doesn’t always lend itself to the things I like. I could develop a brand called B, for men with big bums – I’d go on Dragons’ Den and give them my side profile.

What show had you gripped during the last year?
Mare of Easttown knocked my socks off. It was one of the most morbid things I’ve ever seen, but it embraced its characters’ flaws in a way that felt inherently comedic and satisfying, with loads of juicy twists and turns.

Who do you watch TV with?
My flatmate, Olly, though he loves a bit of The Masked Singer. I would never watch it on my own, but when he’s around, it rubs off on me.

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Have you ever been mistaken for anybody else?
When I was starting out I did vox pops for a late-night TV show. I went to interview this guy, and before I’d even said anything he went: “Poor man’s Sacha Baron Cohen.” I immediately broke character.

Who is the most famous person in your phone contacts?
My sister.

Stath Lets Flats is available on All 4. For more information about the Virgin Media Bafta TV Awards, visit bafta.org


Hannah J Davies

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