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Tom Mison

The actor discusses his role in Fox’s ”Sleepy Hollow”

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Attention, residents of Wilmington, N.C.: There’s a stealth star in your midst. His name is Tom Mison, and he plays Ichabod Crane on Fox’s North Carolina-shot surprise hit Sleepy Hollow. But when Mison removes Crane’s trademark coat and scraggly hair (that’s right, it’s a wig), something curious happens: “No one recognizes me,” he laughs. Mison has even had the surreal experience of overhearing two locals discuss Sleepy Hollow in a bar…blissfully unaware that the show’s headliner was sitting mere feet away. (Thankfully, “they were saying nice things.”) Perhaps Mison, 31, should enjoy the anonymity while it lasts. He has ambitious plans for Sleepy‘s hiatus in early 2014 (the show won’t return till next fall), including possible film work — maybe even a role that’ll let him show off his vocal dexterity. Explains Mison: “It’s become very important for all of us [British actors] to have a good grasp of an American accent — especially as we keep stealing American actors’ jobs.”