Close to the Enemy, a seven-part thriller written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, received its broadcast premiere at the end of 2016. It is essentially a thriller, set against the backdrop of covert operations in post-war London. The cast includes Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore, Charlotte Riley, Phoebe Fox, August Diehl, Robert Glenister, Alfie Allen, Charity Wakefield, Angela Bassett, Lindsay Duncan, Alfred Molina… and me, in the role of a sour-faced Maître D’. The series is available on a 3-DVD set via Amazon.co.uk and, of course, from other reputable retailers. Enjoy!
In July of last year, 2017, StarGirl received its long-awaited premiere.A short film shot in 2015 by writer/director James Price of Pixie Films, it’s a stark, SciFi western, set against the forbidding isolation of the Herefordshire countryside and centres on a disillusioned sheep farmer, Stan, played by me, who meets a female alien. It is by turns poignant and poetic, comic and absurd, sinister and thrilling; a very compelling 20 minutes. Once it completes the rounds of film festivals, I’ll make sure I get you a link so you can enjoy it too.
2017 also marked my return to the theatre, after an absence of more than two years. Anna of the Five Towns, an adaptation by Deborah McAndrew of the 1902 novel by Arnold Bennett, was directed by Conrad Nelson and ran at the New Vic in Newcastle-under-Lyme from 26th May to 17th June. It’s a coming-of-age story, set in the heart of the Staffordshire Potteries, against the backdrop of the struggle for profit on the one hand and the pressures to conform to the rigours of Methodist teaching on the other. I played three roles – an impoverished potter, a hellfire Methodist preacher and a wealthy patrician – and firmed up my lip to play cornet and euphonium. It was a challenging and thrilling welcome back to the medium where my career started.