Simon Bird: Inbetweeners reunion would be depressing for everyone

Simon Bird: Inbetweeners reunion would be depressing for everyone

Simon Bird says it would be "depressing for everyone" if there was an ‘Inbetweeners’ reboot.
The 34-year-old star portrayed Will McKenzie in the E4 sitcom, which told the story of a group of sixth formers trying to get through life, but the ‘Friday Night Dinner’ actor "cannot see" any more episodes being made because nobody would "buy" he and his co-stars, who are in their 30s, as teenagers.
He said: "I don’t know how that would work. I don’t think it would work with the characters grown up, which we now all are.
"No one is going to buy us as teenagers anymore. And I think the idea of the four of us back together as 30-somethings is going to be a bit more depressing for everyone.
"I can’t see us doing any more of it."
Simon is to make his directorial debut in comedy movie ‘Days Of The Bagnold Summer’, and while he admits helming a film is a good alternative to ‘The Inbetweeners’, he is still keen to pursue other acting roles.
Quizzed on whether getting behind the camera was a good way to move his career forward following such huge success playing Will, he told Screen Daily: "Yes totally. You do get typecast, and fair enough.
"It was so successful and our faces were everywhere. That’s especially true with comedy. The characters become real and very important to fans – it’s really difficult to see actors do other things.
"That’s not to say I don’t want to act, I’d love to keep acting, but I’m waiting to find something else that I really want to do. I read a lot of scripts."
‘The Inbetweeners’ aired for three series from 2008 to 2010, and the sitcom spawned two movies.