Colin Firth again plays one of Sophie’s three possible dads Harry. But for this script they need another actor for the much younger version. Hugh Skinner steps in as that young Harry. As notes producer Judy Craymer noted, “There is something about him that is so Colin Firth”.

Hugh takes the role in the 1979 portion of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. He is well known, especially in the UK, for his role as BBC intern Will Humphries in the BBC comedy series W1A, Skinner starred in all three series alongside Hugh Bonneville and Ophelia Lovibond.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - Hugh Skinner and Lily James
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Young Harry (Hugh Skinner) and Young Donna (Lily James) © 2018 Universal Studios

Of his character in Mamma Mia 2 he tells,“When she meets Young Harry, they have a brief love affair in Paris before she jets off to the Greek island”. Hugh goes on to explain more… He is in the first throes of his career as a banker but quickly falls in love with Donna. Realizing she is about to leave to continue her travels he decides to seduce her by singing ‘Waterloo’ in this brilliant sequence.”

Watching Colin Firth

“When I got the part, I watched loads of Colin’s films to see what characteristics I could adopt, but all that did was make the task ahead more daunting,” Skinner laughs. “I’m excited to be sharing the part with him.”

?Unfortunately for Hugh, he wasn’t able to share the screen with the Young Dynamos. Still, that didn’t stop him from learning from his fellow thespians. “I’m actually never in the same scenes as the Young Dynamos, but during the rehearsal period we had this session where we all showed each other what we had been working on. When Lily, Jess and Alexa performed ‘Mamma Mia! for the first time, me and the boys hadn’t anticipated how exciting it would be. We were just blown awayscreaming like eight year olds.

Mamma Mia 2 Hugh Skinner interview at London Premiere

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online