In Spotlight: Lucien Laviscount’s best TV shows and movies - his top 5 roles ranked, from Your Christmas or Mine? to Emily in Paris

We take a look at Burnley-born actor Lucien Laviscount’s best TV and film appearances, and where you might recognise him from - including roles in Waterloo Road and Coronation Street.

By Sophia Moir Published: 8 December 2022 - 1.07pm
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Lucien Laviscount is the talk of the town at the moment, with not one but two new roles on our screens.

The 30-year-old Burley-born actor appears in new Christmas film Your Christmas or Mine?, and he’s also set to return to Emily in Paris for its upcoming third season.

Laviscount, who reality TV fans may recognise from appearing on the eighth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2011 alongside Kerry Katona and Jedward, has also had roles in Waterloo Road, Coronation Street and Snatch. 

Here, we round up Lucien Laviscount’s top TV shows and movies - and where you might recognise him from…

1. Emily in Paris - Alfie (2021-2022)

Lucien Laviscount received worldwide attention when he joined Emily in Paris Season 2 in 2021 as Alfie, a British expat who Emily (Lily Collins) meets in French class.

A love triangle soon followed between Emily, heartthrob Alfie, and chef Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), which is set to continue into the upcoming Emily in Paris Season 3.

The British actor praised his co-star Lily Collins - the actress daughter of British musician Phil Collins - for helping him settle into the cast.

He told The Standard: “Lily is just a sweetheart. She’s got so much pressure on her shoulders. She’s producing the show, she’s in the show, she literally can’t walk down the street without being recognised.

“She treats every single person with the utmost respect and she’s got good craic. It makes it so much easier when you’ve got somebody like her leading the pack.”

Following the release of Emily in Paris Season 2 in December 2021, it debuted in the Global Netflix Top 10 and topped the list across a whopping 94 countries.

Emily in Paris Season 3 premieres on Netflix on Wednesday 21 December.

Stream Emily in Paris Seasons 1-2 now.

2. Your Christmas or Mine? - Steve (2022)

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Lucien Laviscount is part of the ensemble cast of the feel-good British Christmas film, Your Christmas or Mine?, which stars Asa Butterfield and Cora Kirk in the lead roles.

Laviscount plays Steve, something of a villain role in the rom-com, which follows two lovebirds (Butterfield and Kirk) who are stuck with each other's families at Christmas after a romantic gesture goes wrong.

Speaking to Numero Mag about working with Sex Education star Butterfield, Laviscount says: “I’m doing this Christmas film with Asa Butterfield, who is phenomenal. He just goes from strength to strength and I’m a massive fan of Sex Education.”

Your Christmas or Mine? is available to watch now on Prime Video.

Exclusive interview: Your Christmas or Mine?’s Asa Butterfield and Cora Kirk

3. Snatch - Billy 'F*ckin' Ayres (2017-2018)

In 2017, Laviscount joined the TV series Snatch - based on Guy Ritchie's 2000 film of the same name - to play the role of Billy 'F*ckin' Ayres, a local half-Irish Traveller boxer and a friend of Albert (Luke Pasqualino) and Charlie (Rupert Grint).

The crime comedy-drama, which ran for two seasons on AMC in the UK, follows a group of young scammers who find themselves with a truck loaded with stolen gold bullion and are soon involved in the world of organised crime.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk at the time, Laviscount revealed that his "best mate" Luke Pasqualino shared the news with him that he'd got the role before he'd actually been told.

“I remember [Luke] called me, I was in Madrid shooting a show. [Luke] had given me the heads up I’d been booked before I even knew I’d got it,” he recalled.

“He was like ‘Bro, you’re doing Snatch? You’re doing Snatch'. And then he just put the phone down. To bring something to life with your best mate… game over.’

Laviscount was nominated for a National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing the role of Billy.

Stream Snatch Seasons 1-2 on BritBox now. 

7 Questions with… Snatch’s Rupert Grint

4. Waterloo Road - Jonah Kirby (2010-2011)

Lucien Laviscount played dashing school boy Jonah Kirby in Waterloo Road Series 6, from 2010 to 2011. The BBC drama was set in an inner-city comprehensive school in Manchester.

Laviscount was involved in a dramatic plot line where his character Jonah falls for Spanish teacher Francesca "Cesca" Montoya (Karen David). Francesca found out she was pregnant and the couple ran away to get married. 

Speaking about his stint on Waterloo Road, Laviscount opened up in a YouTube video: “That was probably one of the first jobs I can say was so impactful on my life.

“I used to watch Waterloo Road growing up and when I was able to be on that show I was like ‘yes – I’ve made it’ and all my dreams came true… to play Jonah Kirby was such a blessing.”

Waterloo Road Series 1-10 are available on BBC iPlayer.

Waterloo Road Series 11 premieres Tuesday 3 January, 2023, at 8pm on BBC One. Catch up on BBC iPlayer.

5. Coronation Street - Ben Richardson (2009)

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In 2009, Lucien Laviscount joined iconic British soap Coronation Street as Ben Richardson -  the captain of Weatherfield High's swimming team and a devout Christian.

He played the boyfriend of Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) but things took a turn for the worse when he kissed Ryan Connor's mum, Michelle (Kym Marsh).

After the truth was revealed, Ben swiftly left the cobbles - and Laviscount hasn't returned to Corrie since.

 

Catch up with classic episodes of Coronation Street on BritBox.

Coronation Street usually airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV at 8pm each week.

Best of the rest: Lucien Laviscount’s top roles:

  • Grange Hill - Jake Briggs (2007-2008)
  • Scream Queens - Earl Grey (2015)
  • Skins - Jason (2013)
  • Katy Keene - Alexander Cabot (2020)
  • Peacock - Jay (2022)