Former Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick has said he hopes his new comedy role will "smash" his role on the teen drama that made him an international idol - but had him typecast ever since.
The British actor played the hedonistic, privileged bad boy Chuck Bass in the Manhattan-set drama, which ran from 2007 to 2012.
The series - based on a series of teen novels created by Cecily von Ziegesar - was an instant hit and turned Westwick and the likes of Blake Lively and Leighton Meester into stars.
The 29-year-old will next be seen in a very different role in BBC Two comedy White Gold, where he plays Vincent Swan, a brash, Thatcher-era double-glazing salesman and Westwick hopes it will show off another side of his acting skills.
He told the Press Association: "I did Gossip Girl and people really associate me with that so I thought it was important to make a strong statement, to do something very different.
"One of the things that I thought would be funny was we put Vincent in suits and Chuck was always in suits and I wanted that. I was so happy because I wanted to have these two looking almost identical, give or take a few years, and try and smash one out of the way.
"Though they are two very dominant characters, they are very different men and I wanted to put another one out there."
Westwick noted that for years he was only offered parts that were very similar to the spoiled, rich Chuck Bass, and he had no interest in being typecast.
He said: "I had been offered things where I could play (suave millionaires) and I said no to every single one of them.
"You have to keep being consistent and persistent I guess and then you get given gifts like Vincent Swan."
White Gold begins on BBC2 on Wednesday May 24.
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