How does it feel to be in the running for 'Best Newcomer'?
"It's fantastic, really! For me it was just an acknowledgement that people are recognising the work that I've been doing and the effort that I'm putting in with the storyline that I've got and the situation my character is in. I can't really come to work without doing my homework and I can't not give it 100%, because I'm representing a community. It's just fantastic to be recognised for the work that I've done."
What would it mean to you to win the award?
"Of course it would be unbelievable to win and it would give me a lot of validation that people are liking the character, because it is a difficult story and it is a difficult time for Jackson. But just to be nominated is great because I know that there's people out there who are recognising the work."
As an actor, how important is it to win awards?
"I think they're just an added bonus, but receiving an award is receiving the recognition of the people who are watching, and it's the people who are watching who are important because they make up your viewing figures, they're your audience percentage and you might be representing their lives on screen. So if the way of recognising the work and the way for the viewers to tell you that you're doing a good job is through awards, then of course everybody enjoys receiving them! But my main focus is making sure that the work's right and that the audience is connected with the character."
You're up against Ricky Norwood from EastEnders, Olga Fedori from Holby City and Paula Lane from Corrie. What do you think of the competition?
"I think they're all very strong competition. Paula Lane has obviously come in with a strong storyline with Katherine Kelly, and Ricky Norwood has been in EastEnders for quite a while and he was in E20 as well. I think it's going to be a close-run thing, but we're all in the running because we're all in the last four. It's a 25% chance of winning - I hope that my 25% chance increases to 100% on the night, but we'll just have to wait and see! It is a competition and I'm a competitive person - of course I want to win because I'd like the acknowledgement from the people out there voting that I'm doing a good job with the performance. But whoever wins will have obviously got the most votes and deserved it. We'll have to wait and see on the night."
Have you ever met Ricky, Olga or Paula before?
"No, I've never met any of them before! I was nominated in a 'Best Newcomer' category with Ricky Norwood a couple of months ago and I lost to him then, but due to work commitments I couldn't come down to the event to meet everybody. So the night of the awards will be the first time I get to meet them."
"Basically, if people are enjoying the character, relating to the performance and recognising the hard work that comes with playing Jackson because of the situation that he's in, then please vote. It would mean the world to me to have an award that recognises the work that I've been doing. But we'll have to wait and see whether people like it that much!"
Are there any particular scenes you'd like people to bear in mind as they decide who to vote for?
"I think I'd have to say the scene before the train crash and also the full episode with me and Danny Miller where Aaron tells Jackson that he's paralysed. If you're still considering who to vote for, I'd say get on ITV Player or YouTube and watch those two episodes or even just those two scenes. It was hard work and difficult filming them, but at the end of the day, you look at them and they're just absolutely beautiful scenes to watch."
"It's been absolutely unbelievable! When I first came into the show, I just thought that I'd be here for two or three months, help Danny's story along and then just disappear. I had no idea that they were planning this storyline for me - absolutely no inkling until Gav Blyth, our sadly departed producer, told me that he wanted to keep me and told me about the storyline. He asked me whether I wanted to do it or not and whether I felt I was capable of taking it on. It took me a split second to reply and I said, 'I'll do whatever you want - I'll turn up early, I'll turn up late - whatever you want'. I've absolutely loved the amount of hard work that I've had to do since I've been here, and I've loved being here as everybody's fantastic. I've been given an absolutely fantastic storyline and if I never work again, this storyline is always going to be there and it's a storyline that people are going to remember for a while. It's absolutely brilliant to know that I've been a part of that."
Are you looking forward to the NTA ceremony itself?
"Yeah, it's the first awards ceremony that my girlfriend Amy has been able to come to, so I'm looking forward to taking her down to London and showing her the brighter side of working in a soap! If I win, it'll be an even more fantastic night, but I'm just looking forward to getting down there, seeing some of the lads from Corrie and showing my girlfriend some of the sights. It should be good fun."
"Yeah, of course I am. Danny comes to work and he knows the ins and outs of everything - he knows what he should be doing, he has ideas and thoughts, and he puts in the graft just like everybody else. I think if he hadn't been nominated then it would have been a bit of a farce, really. If you look at the standout performances of the year or the standout faces from soap, then Danny is definitely up there. I think it's a job well done and it'd definitely be deserved if he won. I'm coming from a point of view where I can see how much work he puts in and how hard everyone works, because we all do. They couldn't have not nominated Danny - he's been so good this year."
Do you think Emmerdale is in with a good chance for the 'Best Serial Drama' prize?
"I think this year could possibly be the best opportunity that we've ever had - some of the storylines have been fantastic with Rhona, Paddy and Marlon's love triangle and the baby, Aaron's coming out storyline, Jackson's paralysis, the fire, the train crash! It's just been fantastic storylines month after month, week after week. Looking at the episodes, they've not really been soap episodes - they've been drama episodes that are beautifully crafted and the actors have been fantastic. I think this has been the best year ever and it's the best chance Emmerdale have had of winning something. It's been an absolutely unbelievable year."
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Cast your votes for the National Television Awards by clicking here. Marc is nominated in the 'Best Newcomer' category alongside Coronation Street's Paula Lane, Holby City's Olga Fedori and EastEnders' Ricky Norwood.