Notorious ex-crime boss Ferris tipped his pal for the top following Scott’s explosive debut this week as the soap’s loose cannon Tugs
PAUL Ferris heaped praise on Emmerdale psycho Scott Peden — after the actor said he based the part on the former crime boss.
Hardman Ferris tipped his pal for the top following Scott’s explosive debut this week as the soap’s loose cannon Tugs.
Peden made his screen debut on Emmerdale as Tugs
In a glowing tribute to the master mimic, Ferris, 53, said the star’s Geordie accent sounded exactly like the guards at Frankland Prison, Durham, where he served time for gun-running.
He went on: “Scott’s got a knack of replicating conversations and dialects, from London gangsters to Mancunians and Liverpudlians.
“He’s talented and underestimated — I’m glad he’s back on the box.”
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Peden based soap role on Glasgow hardman Paul Ferris
The fellow Glaswegians pair met during filming of Ferris life story The Wee Man. Scott, 38, revealed he studied the menacing mannerisms of the movie’s subject at close quarters while playing slain gangland pal Joe Hanlon.
He used them to full effect when he burst on to the scene as maniac Tugs to take Debbie Dingle’s kids hostage in the Emmerdale storyline.
Scott, who has also been in River City, revealed: “Tugs is based on multiple people I’ve met, but mainly Paul. When he’s angry he’s calm and controlled — and calculating.
“Thankfully, I only know that from working with him on the movie.”
The ex-soldier — an accomplished singer-songwriter — added: “Paul’s always been a gent to me.
“You can only take people as they are — not on their past or reputation.”
Ferris’ latest instalment of his autobiography Unfinished Business – written with crime buff Steve Wraith – is due to be published in October.