Actor James Norton has told how he was “quite badly” bullied at boarding school and how a monk became his “therapist” and helped him through the torment.
The star of McMafia, tipped by many to be the next James Bond, told The Daily Telegraph he “sobbed (his) eyes out” to a monk named Fr Peter during his time at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.
He said: “I actually got quite badly bullied at school and one of my saviours, one of the people who really got me through was a monk called Fr Peter, who wasn’t a teacher, nothing to do the school but he had Confession.
“You would go and sit, and I wasn’t a Catholic, so I was able to go and just talk and he basically became my therapist and I just would sort of sob my eyes out.”
Norton, whose other TV roles include Happy Valley, Grantchester and War & Peace, said he had an “odd time” at school and Ampleforth College had a “hard-core style environment”.
“I had some great friends, I made some lifelong friends and I had some incredible experiences and relationships with both some of the monks and teachers and pupils and then I had some which weren’t and I think that’s probably most people’s schooling experience,” he said.
Norton, 34, went on to read theology at Cambridge University after completing his A-levels at the college in 2005.
He is frequently tipped to take over from Daniel Craig when he walks away from the James Bond role.
Speaking about the rumours in 2017, Norton said: “It’s very flattering, it’s bizarre and a massive compliment, but it is pure speculation.”
Picture: James Norton. (Lia Toby/PA).