Madeleine Stowe and Barry Sloane. Picture: Richard Cartwright

Barry Sloane has been full of surprises on the third season of Revenge. Sloane, who plays Emily Thorne's on-again, off-again lover Aiden Mathis, was missing at the end of season two, possibly shot dead by Emily's (Emily VanCamp) on-again, off-again fiance Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman).

Aiden miraculously appeared alive and well at the start of this season and teamed up with Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) by convincing her they had a common goal; to expose and destroy Emily.

He convinced Victoria of his change of feelings towards Emily by telling her she had cheated with him while engaged to Daniel.

To make matters even more complicated, Aiden then decided to forge a separate alliance with Victoria's estranged husband Conrad (Henry Czerny), claiming Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler) had tried to kill him by cutting the brake lines to his car in the fiery crash that claimed the life of Father Paul.

Of course it was all an act and Aiden was still working with Emily - his friend and lover since the days they trained with Satoshi Takeda - to bring down the enemy from the inside.

For British actor Sloane, who rose to fame on Brookside and Hollyoaks, working on Revenge couldn't be better.

"Every day you come on to set, working at a place like this with people like Emily, Gabriell (Mann who plays Nolan) and Madeleine, it is a wonderful opportunity and I am very fortunate," he said on set in Los Angeles in January. "It's a great moment in my career so long may it continue."

Only Nolan knows of Emily and Aiden's history and love, so it has been no walk in the park for him watching her fake her relationship with Daniel and revive childhood feelings for Jack.

"There are more ups and downs in this love circle that we have going," Sloane said of Emily's complex web of relationships.

"I think what's interesting about Jack and Aiden as potential suitors to her is they are both very different types of guys.

"I suppose Aiden is the guy women might want to be with, guys as well might want to be with, but he's probably not the guy you should marry.

"He's probably not the guy you should take home to meet mummy because he's killed six people.

"But he's very honest, he's truthful, he wears his heart on his sleeve, there's no bulls... with him.

"Jack is just a sweet lovely man you probably could take home to your mother but whether he's fun all day long is a different thing."

So why does Aiden keep coming back for more of Emily's revenge missions?

"He's crazy in love, he loves her. And obviously in the last year his mission kind of went awry, he lost his sister. He's 100 per cent for Emily now and wants her mission to work.

"The interesting thing about Aiden this season is you won't really know where his loyalties lie.

"He's got his fingers in a lot of pies; he's in bed with the enemy a lot. It's been fun expanding him a little bit."

Sloane didn't have to audition for the role of Aiden because he was already known to ABC executives from a previous drama pilot.

Unlike his co-star and fellow Brit Bowman, Sloane was allowed to retain a British accent, albeit not his thick Liverpudlian one.

Sloane lives in Santa Monica and is trying to improve his surfing. He originally came to the US to work on Broadway and television offers followed.

"I'm so close to the ocean it is unreal; I was living in Blackheath in London before and before that in Liverpool so it couldn't be more different.

"I'm very blessed and lucky to be here; it has been a dream really."

The West Australian

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