His fame has brought him marriage proposals and nights out with Victoria Beckham – but Elliot Knight hasn’t let it go to his head.
His friends and family wouldn’t allow it anyway, now he’s back working in his home city.
He’s been filming the new BBC1 drama By Any Means in Birmingham.
The 23-year-old actor tasted overnight success when he was cast as the lead in Sky 1’s glossy multi-million pound drama Sinbad, while he was still at drama school.
Suddenly he was whisked off to film in Malta with the likes of Timothy Spall, Sophie Okonedo, Orla Brady and Naveen Andrews.
And as the series has been sold to America, Australia, Canada, France, Turkey and South Africa, Elliot – a former pupil at King Edwards VI Aston – is now enjoying worldwide fame.
“It’s insane,” he says. “Every now and then I get messages on Twitter from Sinbad fans around the world.
“It’s still new to me to get people asking me to marry them!
“Maybe we should get to know each other first… After we finished filming Sinbad I went out to Los Angeles for meetings and was invited to a pre-Oscars party. I met Victoria Beckham, Kenneth Branagh and Gary Oldman. That was quite a leap for me.
“I was still riding the wave of extraordinary things happening to me, and that was the crest of the wave.
“But it’s important to keep yourself grounded and my friends and family make sure of that.”
Elliot is back among his Brummie roots making the new BBC1 crime drama By Any Means.
Filmed in the city, which stands in for London, it follows a clandestine unit, played by Warren Brown, Shelley Conn and Andrew-Lee Potts, who aren’t, strictly speaking, the police, and so use ‘any means’ to catch criminals.
Viewers were introduced to Elliot’s character – suspended policeman Charlie O’Brien – in last week’s opening episode.
He was suspected of taking bribes from a criminal, but ended up helping the team and then joining them at the end of the episode. The series continues tonight.
“It’s fantastic to be working in Birmingham,” says Elliot in a break between filming scenes. “I never expected to be doing this.
“I’m staying with the rest of the cast in a hotel, but it’s been good to be able to hang out with old friends and my family at weekends.
“I started out trying to be the local guide for the cast, but then I realised there’s actually a lot of Birmingham I don’t know about and places I haven’t been.
“We’ve been to the park and bowling and we’ve talked about going to Cadbury World.
“The last time I lived here I was 17, so I need to update my references!
“I look completely different from how I did in Sinbad, and it’s nice to be myself. Sinbad was really fun but this is a challenge.
“Charlie is an idealist with a moral code who wants justice.
“He’s not sure if he agrees with how the team works but he’s willing to go along with it to catch the criminals.”