Quite a few years ago before I moved to Hollywood, CA I was clearing out my attic at my London home and came across a school book from when I was 8 years old. In the book there was a question written by teacher asking what I wanted to be when I grew up… I wrote that I wanted to work in “films and television”. I guess it must have been then I decided. I really enjoyed films when I was a child such as Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, Back to the Future, Star Wars, Toho Godzilla movies.
How has the industry evolved since you started acting?
Visual Effects are the first thing that springs to mind! I am proud to say that in 2003 I worked on ‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’, one of the first major films to be shot entirely on a “digital backlot”, blending live actors with computer-generated surroundings.
Who has been an influence in your acting?
I like the classics such as Alec Guinness; he was also one of the first to play multiple roles in the same film, Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). Guinness, it’s said, always worked from the outside in, he would start with his costume, which I find interesting. I also like the work of Peter O’Toole and Cary Grant.
What’s the craziest thing to happen on set?
It’s not a crazy story but when I worked on Casino Royale I was involved with the Aston Martin crash scene. Director Martin Campbell wanted the audience to think they were about to see a lengthy car chase and then surprise them when instead James Bond encounters Bond girl Vesper Lynd lying on the road ahead, Bond swerves to avoid her and flips his car into a spectacular barrel-roll. When I arrived on set I saw a smashed up 007 Aston Martin and James Bond (Daniel Craig) laying bloodied & spread out on the grass. I thought it was ‘crazy’ because it was so fresh and something I have never seen happen to any previous James Bond. It obviously was the right choices because Casino Royale ended up being a fantastic successful film!
What do you want visitors and locals to know about acting that they may not already know?
What’s fun about the Film business is it forces you out of a routine; you have to meet new people, go to new places, do new things, and it’s exciting! It can be exhausting, but it’s really exciting.
What social media do you use?
I have an Official Facebook [Blue Badge] Page and Instagram that anyone can join.
Describe acting in 5 words or less
Imaginative, passionate, risky & universal!