O-T Fagbenle has admitted he has come around to the charms of art as entertainment, saying that is exactly what his new series The Interceptor is.

The actor stars in the new BBC drama about a criminal surveillance team and said that his views of what art should do for its audience had changed over the years.

He told the Radio Times: “As a younger man, I thought the best thing art could do was to challenge people’s mindsets, and I still do, but I’ve come round to the value of entertainment.

The InterceptorO-T Fagbenle stars in The Interceptor (BBC)

“A show like The Interceptor, which gives the audience that release after a hard day of just sitting down and enjoying themselves – that adds value to lives, too.”

O-T added that he had done as many of his own stunts as he could: “I play basketball, so that kept me running, and I did as many stunts as the insurers would allow.

“I’ve been doing a lot of my own stunt-driving, fights in vats of liquid, getting smashed out of windows – everything I dreamt of when I was 11 years old.”