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I am an actor and 3rd year BA (Hons) Painting student specialising in abstraction at the University for the Creative Arts - Open College of the Arts campus. I enrolled in 2016 when my son went to university and I hope to graduate in 2023. Originally from Yorkshire I now live and work from my home studio in Cambridge.

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No. 16, 2022, oil on canvas, 76 x 61 cm, 2022

I act with colour for the canvas. As Anthony Hopkins said, acting is all about relaxing, learning your lines so well that you can trust to the moment, and letting your subconscious do the work. I believe that the same is true of painting but instead of learning lines you study and practice art. Kirk Varnadoe (MoMA) said that the dream with abstract art is of '... a dream world of point-blank and immediate response.' However, that in 'the moment' response always references our life and times, whether on screen or canvas. The abstraction of Mondrian and Pollock describes their life and times as surely as a film by Alfred Hitchcock.

graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1977 as a drama teacher before working in children's theatre, community theatre, the Royal exchanged Manchester. My debut TV role was 180!!! for BBC Play for Today. I then worked regularly for BBC North, Granada, and Yorkshire TV while all the time painting in my spare time. My breakthrough role was Barry in the Full Monty. Next up is a film called Allelujah for Pathe where I feature as Richard (friend's of the Beth) with my screen wife Amanda Root. The Beth is the small geriatric hospital the government are trying to close down in Wakefield. Directed by Richard Eyre’s, adapted by Heidi Thomas from an Allan Bennett play, and starring Jennifer Saunders, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, and Russel Tovey it's due for release early in 2023 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the NHS.

 

Here are some links: IMDB page, Spotlight, and acting website.

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