Spotlight profile

I have webbed toes. It doesn’t make me any better at swimming though.

© Leon Foggitt

What kind of actor do you aspire to be?

Hopefully an actor who can find the human in every character I have the fortune to play. That sounds pretentious, but just to not slap the same habits onto each role, and instead be adaptable with the director and try creating something unique and interesting each time.

What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why?
I chose ‘Alex’ from ‘BU21’ by Stuart Slade. I loved the writing when I first read the play but when I came back to it, that particular section jumped out at me. It’s when we see Alex’s ‘cocky banker’ mask slip for just a second, and I thought the balance between his charisma and his underlying pain is cleverly done.

‘BU21’ by Stuart Slade

© Leon Foggitt

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

I’m going with the HBO series ‘Six Feet Under’. An unsung TV gem about a family-run funeral home. I’ve never been more invested in a set of characters and it made me come to terms with grief in a way I didn’t think TV could.

How have you been keeping creative during lockdown? 

Painting, singing and engaging in as many self-taping workshops and competitions as I could. I found a lot of freedom and release through abstract and pour-painting techniques and really enjoyed creating my own art. I’ve also loved exploring new writing and having the opportunity to engage in imaginative work with new pieces of writing released during lockdown.

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