Olly Alexander discusses ‘horrible experience’ of filming The Riot Club

"It was so hot and we were wearing really, really fancy white tie."

Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander has opened on starring in Oxbridge drama The Riot Club, describing it as a “horrible experience”.

Before shooting to fame with the band, Alexander was becoming a recurring face on the big screen – with a notable role in the 2014 film.

He starred as Toby Maitland, a member of the film’s notorious all-male dining club at Oxford University, which satirises the real life Bullingdon Club.


But while he’s since moved on from the role, Olly looked back during an interview with Graham Norton on Radio 2.

When asked by a fan to recount his experiences, Olly said: “It was actually quite a horrible experience filming it, only because it was so hot and we were wearing really, really fancy white tie.

“And I’ve never been in an environment with that many men sort of trying to out-shine each other and it felt a bit like… I don’t know, it was kind of a bizarre environment.”

The release comes ahead of Years & Years releasing their second album Palo Santo.

Ahead of releasing the record next month, the group have confirmed they’re hitting the road in November – taking in shows at Glasgow’s The SSE Hydro, Manchester’s O2 Apollo and London’s O2 Arena.