Mark Williams on baking bread, filming Harry Potter and learning to speak different languages

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Mark Williams played Arthur Weasley in Harry Potter ©Rex Features

Mark Williams is most famous for playing Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter movies.

He also starred in the first three series of BBC’s comedy The Fast Show and played Olaf Peterson in Red Dwarf.

Aside from his acting work, Mark has presented game show The Link.

How do you like your tea?

Occasionally I’ll have a cup 
of tea with milk and sugar, 
but more usually I’m 
a peppermint tea fan.

Who would you most like to have 
a cup of tea with?

The Queen. I’d be very interested to hear her opinion 
on a lot of things.

You played Mr Weasley in the Harry Potter films. What’s your favourite memory?

Probably when we filmed the Quidditch flying scenes. We 
had a studio the size of an aircraft hangar, where we were suspended on wires. It was incredibly high up but a lot of fun.

And what about the 
animal scenes?

The owls were funny. We had one eagle owl called Captain Clacker who just used to sit and make noise all day… that wasn’t off-putting at all!

Tell us about your hobbies…

I bake bread, which is very therapeutic. I’m a huge reader and a browser of second-hand bookshops. My most relaxing memories are 
of sitting and reading a whole book in one go.

I’m also very keen on chopping wood for my wood-burning stoves – I’ve just bought a new axe!

If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?

To understand and speak every language in the world. My German, French and Italian are all OK, but 
I never managed to learn the Greek alphabet… that’s something I don’t think I’ll ever manage now.

To discover the magic of 
Harry Potter, why not visit 
the Warner Bros. Studio Tour? 
For details, call 0845 084 0900, 
or visit wbstudiotour.co.uk