Chris Rankin has shared how he pulled pints in a Wetherspoons pub after he wrapped filming the Harry Potter movies.
The actor, 36, who played Percy Weasley, reflected on struggling to pay his bills and that he decided to work behind the bar in popular pub chain in Monmouth, South Wales when he was inbetween roles.
Looking back, Chris told Daily Mail: “People know actors don’t get paid a lot of money, there’s not a lot of work and there’s a lot of unemployed actors.
“But there’s a misconception that if you have a job in a high profile thing that it pays really well and you’re made with your mansion.
“I bang on about it all the time but I worked in Wetherspoons in Monmouth for four or five months when I didn’t have any other work, I needed a job and I had bills to pay.”
After his stint in the pub he has gone on to work behind the scenes in A Discovery of Witches, Downton Abbey and Atlantis.
It comes after the house where Lord Voldemort murdered Harry Potter’s parents in the final film has failed to sell after spending two years on the market.
De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk, has been up for sale since 2017 and the price has been slashed to £950,000 – nearly £50,000 less than its original asking.
Hordes of tourists have flocked to take selfies outside the six-bedroom Grade 1 listed house in the medieval village since it appeared in 2011 film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
However, despite coaches packed with Hogwarts fans regularly arriving, potential buyers have not been flooding owners Tony and Jane Ranzetta with offers.
Mr Ranzetta told Mail Online : “The estate agents think that it is not helping having a house which is so incredibly popular.
“Sometimes people knock or ring the bell. We are happy to talk about the history of the building if we have the time.
“You are taking on something so special with this house, which is possibly why it hasn’t sold yet,” said Caroline Edwards, the selling agent from the Carter Jonas estate agency.
“It would drive me crazy,” says Tori Hale, who works at The Parlour, an ice cream and gift shop on the high street. It is heaving during summer.”
De Vere House is the location where Harry’s parents were killed by Lord Voldemort and is seen in the film with a Christmas tree in the window, opposite a fictional graveyard.
No actors filmed at the house, with shots instead being converted into computer generated images and used as backdrops in studio shots.
Film as crews did not need permission to shoot the exterior of the 2010 home and they only realised their home had been used only when they went to see the film at the cinema.
Mr Ranzetta, 58, a retired NHS executive, said: “I was asleep in the front row when my son Alexander kicked me as I was snoring .
“He just said, ‘Dad, our house is on the screen’. I replied, ‘Rubbish’, then I looked up and saw that it was.”
Since then fans have flocked to be photographed outside the stunning timber-framed house.
The house takes its name from the De Vere family who in medieval times were the second richest family after the King.
It has retained its period features, including a massive timber frame, fireplaces, wall paintings and a rare stone spiral staircase with a carved brick handrail.
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