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My dad has been a milkman for nearly 40 years. I’d say that was my funnest fact. Oh, and I have a piece of lead still stuck in my chest from when I was about seven!”

© Stanley Morgan

What kind of actor do you aspire to be?

One that never feels settled or ever feels like my job is easy because I don’t think it should be! I’d like to transport people to another place for a little while without them realising they’ve gone somewhere and have it change a tiny part of their day or heart in some way. Because I think it’s those tiny changes that can eventually change a life.

What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why did you pick it?
I chose a piece from ‘Stepmom’. I actually never saw myself doing a piece quite so fragile. If I’m totally honest for a long time I was looking for something a little more gritty and perhaps London-based. But after it came up in conversation with the film guy at school I gave it a watch and it knocked me off-kilter a bit. By the end of the monologue I was in bits and I genuinely hadn’t realised I was crying until the end of it! I think the core of Julia Roberts’ character (and thus the monologue) sat at the core of myself; I’ve never wanted children and I think it was during this monologue I perhaps found out why… that was pretty powerful and something I didn’t feel I could ignore.

‘Stepmom’ by Ronald Bass, Gigi Levangie Grazer, Elizabeth Chandler, Jessie Nelson & Steven Rogers

© Stanley Morgan

What book, theatre, film or TV production has most inspired you?

I’m not sure there’s just one but I do remember ‘Skylight’ at The Wyndham’s was pretty epic for me. Carey Mulligan made an entire bolognese from scratch and than proceeded to eat it later on in the show. She taught me how to bring an entire audience to you by doing nothing (and of course absolutely everything…) all at once. She was so REAL and her thoughts were tangible. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her.

© Stanley Morgan

How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?

I’ve started to learn BSL (British Sign Language)! I’d quite like to weave it through my career once I’m fluent in various ways. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for years and lockdown gave me a minute to finally get started.

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