I can remember my first time on stage. It was during primary school, and i was cast in the role of theseus in the greek play, theseus and the minotaur...
What I remember most is an improvised moment during the part of the story when Theseus and his friends are escaping the Island where they are being held prisoners, and we had to avoid the arrows and spears that the kings men were miming throwing at us. We hadn’t rehearsed ducking down or avoiding the mimed arrows but i found myself doing so in natural response to what was happening on stage and i felt totally immersed in the action. I remember it being something that i enjoyed very much , its moments like this one that made me fall in love with drama because they feel timeless…
I was born on the western isles of Scotland, and loved spending my holidays up there with my family. But I grew up in Bromley, Kent - a friendly neighbourhood in the south east of London. In those early years I had a paper round, a BMX, a skateboard and a pair of baseball boots with very thick laces because that was all the rage back then. I found myself getting into the Rolling Stones The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. The films we watched switched between the feel good vibes of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Brewster’s Millions to the brutal violence of Scarface the Goodfellas and really rubbish horror movies which were only appealing because we weren’t supposed to be watching them.
My school years were definitely not my best years - they came when I found my place at Italia Conti. I started to grow in confidence; I was learning about something that I realised I genuinely cared about - it was an exciting time. Drama school gave me the tools to be able to understand and do my job - the equivalent of learning chord structure and harmony in music theory. It opened my mind to more mystical aspects of drama which really captured my imagination. I found myself exploring the arts with a passion that I'd never experienced before, especially classical music and European cinema. To this day I get excited when I see the artificial eye logo on a DVD, or the ECM label on a classical CD.
I have had some fantastic opportunities during my career to work with interesting and talented directors, actors and producers from all over Europe and America. I've played a range of wonderful characters, and explored the light and darker aspects of human relationships and circumstance through adaptations of classic novels, original screenplays and improvised films. My aim is always to enjoy whatever I'm doing and to bring a fresh perspective to each character I play.
In this work, experience tells me that you never know when you might discover something interesting. It might be when you least expect it - there are no rules, but just turning up each day prepared, observant and open to what’s happening is all i can do. I find that i’m constantly discovering and digging for things about a character right up until the final day of shooting; it’s a great feeling when a story and a character captures your imagination in that way - quite similar to writing songs. First you stumble across some chords or notes that stick with you, and you keep going back to your instrument to hear what else wants to join it or move it forward. It's hypnotic and rather lovely...
I’m looking forward to exploring the roles that may be out there waiting for me. I have an open mind to the possibilities that may come my way, and It’s my hope that my experience and love of the craft will continue to steer me towards collaborating with interesting and creative directors, producers, writers and actors.
If you are interested in working with me or would like to discuss a project, arrange a meeting or ask me to put myself on tape for your project then please get in touch.