Father of two and grandfather Granville Saxton may love children, but there's nothing he loves more than seeing a theatre full of children booing and hissing.
"I have played every villain known to man over the last 43 years," says Granville, "but everyone who knows me knows I adore children."
He has, indeed, played more than his fair share of baddies – King Rat in Dick Whittington, evil Abanazar in Aladdin (three times), Captain Hook in Peter Pan (five times) Dracula and Scrooge and even Voldemort's right hand Death Eater in the last two Harry Potter films.
His three-year-old grandson Boe summed it up after watching Peter Pan with: "Papa's just a very naughty man!"
This Christmas Granville will be a "very naughty man" in Aladdin at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro, and he couldn't be happier.
"I do frighten the children a lot to begin with, but Abanazar is so stupid he just keeps getting things wrong. I absolutely love it. It's the first time that kids go to the theatre and it's magical for them. I like to get off stage and go in the audience.
"It's usually the panto villain who opens the show and the person who tells the audience good from bad – you have to hate me because I'm bad and cheer the good guy.
"And the villain always has to show a weakness. With Dracula it's garlic and a crucifix. With Abanazar he is very high class, but stupid. He builds himself up and then kids find it very funny when he breaks down.
"They love to think that we're just making it all up, and things are happening by accident. It's all part of the fun.
"And I don't mind being booed... although when my grandson came he couldn't say 'boo' so he just yelled out 'bum'!"
Aladdin is at the Hall for Cornwall from Friday, December 14 to Sunday, January 6. There is a Loud performance on January 3 at 2pm which is specially designed for those on the autistic spectrum. The main lights stay on and there are no loud bangs or flashes – although the audience can be as noisy as they like. There are also signed performances on December 20 and January 5 and audio described performances on December 22 and January 5. Box Office: 01872 262466.