Adam Hugill found out he got the leading part in The Watch on his 22nd birthday. Hugill was brought up on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but had never read Terry Pratchett’s fantasy books, on which The Watch is loosely based. But on that day in 2019, his father snuck out and found a copy of Pratchett’s Night Watch at a local secondhand-book shop.

“Everything in my life seems to be a whirlwind,” says Hugill, now 23. After graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), he got a call from a casting agent working on a new TV series called World on Fire. The part Hugill read for ultimately went to another actor, but Hugill had gotten his foot in the door. A few months later, his agent received a call: “We’ve got this role. Adam’s perfect for it.”