LIAR actor Ioan Gruffudd has admitted he could be “the most hated man in Britain” after taking on the role of double rapist Andrew Earlham in gritty TV drama Liar.
The actor’s twisted character has sexually abused both schoolteacher Laura Nielsen and copper Vanessa Harmon, leaving fans calling for the surgeon to get his comeuppance in next week’s finale.
Welshman Ioan confessed his character’s vile behaviour had sparked a nasty response when he was out and about in London – with pensioners’ even giving him grief.
Talking of his character on the ITV drama, he told TV Times: “He’s probably the most hated man in Britain!
“I may be on the tube now and people will move away or the older generation will come at me with their umbrellas.”
Later Ioan added: “It is great that they feel betrayed by Andrew and saddened by what he has done.
“He has issues.
“He is clever guy and covers his tracks but that is part of the thrill for him too.”
On Monday, fans were left glued to their screens as troubled Laura failed in her plan to frame Andrew, who spiked her drink and raped her in the first episode.
In the latest programme, Laura was seen pulling off a kidnapping in an attempt to have Andrew prosecuted.
She made it look as if he had attacked her again, and set him up by planting evidence.
But the plan failed, and he walked away Scott-free once again and fans of the show were furious.
They flocked to Twitter to insist Andrew gets punished for his crimes after Laura failed to land him in trouble.
Liar turns the tables as Andrew evades justice once again in dramatic scenes
One tweeted: “Andrew better get his comeuppance next week #liar.”
Another wrote: “OMG I need Andrew dead #liar.”
A third added: “#Liar do you think he will get his comeuppance next week?”
After rowing with him, she asks him to drive her home before slashing his neck and dosing him with GHB.
She pulls him into his car and kidnaps him, tying him up in a shed down at the docks and threatening him with a knife.
Another viewer tweeted: “CUT OFF HIS PENIS! #liar.”
One more added: “#liar I hope she cuts his penis off and drowns him.”
After drugging and kidnapping Andrew, who raped her on a date, Laura tells him about her elaborate scheme to frame him.
She explained that she made sure there were plenty of witnesses to them leaving the pub together.
The teacher went on to say that police will find rope burns on her wrists, a scratch on his neck and a bottle of GHB in his car’s glove box.
But her plans goes horribly wrong when he escapes from his restraints and attacks her.
The deranged doctor comes close to strangling her before Vanessa Harmon turns up in her car to rescue Laura.
She had a tracker fitted to Andrew’s car so she followed him to the remote location.
But even though she managed to save Laura, she told her there would be no way to prosecute Andrew over the night’s events as the teacher would be the one in trouble.
Vanessa then tells Andrew she knows he raped her and vowed they would find enough evidence to bring him to justice.
Andrew walks off smiling, and says: “No you won’t.”