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He is one of the country's best-loved and most-respected actors and until Saturday Tom Conti will be playing to audiences in our region.
He is taking on the role of a television journalist who finds himself accused of murder in the play Rough Justice at Newcastle's Theatre Royal.
He spoke to our correspondent Kenny Toal.
The actor Tom Conti has been answering questions from ITV News Tyne Tees viewers during his visit to Newcastle. He was particularly amused by a question from Gwenda Armstrong, who asked simply how he copes with being a sex symbol.
The actor Tom Conti is appearing at Newcastle's Theatre Royal for the first time in 20 years.
This time, he plays a high-profile television journalist ("think of a Paxman or a Dimbleby", he says), who finds himself on trial for murder. The play, Rough Justice, is set in a courtroom. He said it "grips audiences from the first line".
Rough Justice is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal until 5th October. It moves to the Theatre Royal in Windsor from 7th - 12th Oct, Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre 14th - 18th Oct, and the New Theatre in Cardiff 22nd - 26th Oct.