Frozen in time.
The first TV role I played was a slimy journalist in Z Cars – I thought I knew how to act for television till the director told me it was all right to have an expression on my face and not resemble a frozen ice lolly.
In the theatre played nearly all the big venues, a run or two in the West End. Played TORVALD in DOLL’S HOUSE, GAYEV in THE CHERRY ORCHARD, JOXER in JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, MARCO in VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, KULYEGIN in THE THREE SISTERS at the Royal Exchange. Peripatetic thespianism.
I took a long break from the boards and was persuaded back on by Brian Cox a few years ago to do a John Byrne play a Scots version of UNCLE VANYA at the Lyceum Edinburgh. That initial stride on stage for the first preview was like stepping off the edge of the known world. The push/pull of terror and exhilaration, which seems to be an essential part of the creative psyche, well mine at any rate.
Like McLevy – no sooner out of one fix than I’m back in another. There was an old fashioned movie that featured a woman tied to the railway tracks with a train approaching and a hero in the far distance. THE PERILS OF PAULINE. Now why has that come into my mind, I wonder?
Probably best known for my portrayal of Lieutenant Roach in “MCLEVY” for BBC Radio 4. A much maligned and put upon decent officer who suffers from being the writer of said series now in its 9th incarnation.