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Born: 1971-03-31
Profession: Actor
Nation: Scottish
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As a child I was taken to the pantomime or the theatre and I would always, always fall in love with somebody on the stage. And want to have sex with them.

Tags: Child, Love, Sex

I never imagined it wouldn't work out for me. I had that absolute certainty in myself that has seen me through, I think, and my parents were absolutely behind me all the way.

Tags: Parents, Seen, Work

I remember in Shallow Grave I remember a few times when we'd only have to do one take. But when you did have to do more than one, you'd build on the one you'd done.

Tags: Done, Few, Remember

I'm just into making quality stuff if I can, with interesting people and good scripts. But it's very important that it's about something and that it says something. Otherwise, I don't know what the point is, really.

Tags: Good, Making, Point

I'm sure it's not great fun for them, or for any parent, when their child says they want to be an actor, 'cos it's quite an uncertain business and it can be terribly hard for most actors.

Tags: Business, Fun, Great

Mainly I was able to perform with music - I played the French horn, I would sing, and I was a drummer in the pipe band. So I think it was a way to show off.

Tags: Able, Music, Off

The other two things are... well, I had a huge appetite for old black and white movies on BBC 2. At the weekends they used to run matinees, and the more romantic the better.

Tags: Black, Movies, Romantic

Then I left school at 16 and worked in Perth Repertory Theatre, which was quite nearby where I lived. And I worked there for about six or seven months, as part of the stage crew.

Tags: Left, School, Theatre

Ultimately, you have to not worry about people thinking you should have played him differently. You're the one playing the part so it has to be yours.

Tags: Him, Thinking, Worry

I got married because I fell in love with this woman. I had a baby with her because we wanted to have children. But that's not because of some philosophical ideal at all, no.

Tags: Children, Love, Woman

I like to dance, but it's not my weekend activity. I'm not a clubber.

Tags: Activity, Dance, Weekend

I'm just looking for that moment to drop my Jedi knickers and pull out my real light saber.

Tags: Light, Moment, Real

I really want to play Princess Leia. Stick some big pastries on my head. Now that would be interesting.

Tags: Big, Head, Princess

I'm fiercely proud to be Scottish.

Tags: Fiercely, Proud, Scottish

If you're suddenly doing something you don't want to do for four years, just so you've got something to fall back on, by the time you come out you don't have that 16-year-old drive any more and you'll spend your life doing something you never wanted to do in the first place.

Tags: Life, Place, Time

At school there was no acting to be had other than school plays which I did now and again.

Tags: Acting, Again, School

Conservative's the last thing I am.

Tags: Last

From there I did a one year theatre acting course in Fife, and then three years of drama school in London.

Tags: Acting, School, Year

I certainly have no plans to leave London. It's a great town.

Tags: Great, Leave, London

I left halfway through my third year to start Lipstick On Your Collar, which was the first thing I ever did.

Tags: Left, Start, Year

I left it for seven years before going back on stage. I know now not to leave it so long.

Tags: Leave, Left, Stage

I love acting and don't find it to be very hard. I recognize when I've nailed it, and I can be very proud of myself.

Tags: Acting, Hard, Love

I played music all through school and I kind of performed that way.

Tags: Music, Played, School

I was nine years old when I made up my mind that that was what I definitely wanted to do.

Tags: Mind, Old, Wanted

I'm not a guy who takes films for strong political messages.

Tags: Guy, Political, Strong

I've done nudity in lots of things before. It's something that's never particularly bothered me.

Tags: Bothered, Done, Lots
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I've never been one who agonizes over my work.

Tags: Work

I've played in pipe bands in Scotland, and I've always played guitars and drums and stuff.

Tags: Bands, Played, Stuff

It's important, that spirit of youth, and when you're 16 that can get you kickstarted.

Tags: Spirit, Youth

It's not my job to try and alter the director's style - he's in charge, and I'll always give him my trust.

Tags: Him, Job, Trust

No, no I'm not, no, but I just think... when people are naked it tells you a lot about their relationships.

Tags: Tells

Once you've agreed the script, you must be willing to go as far as it needs to go on set.

Tags: Far, Needs, Once

So, no, I'm not trying to crack into Hollywood, although I'll make films there if they're good scripts.

Tags: Films, Good, Trying

A lot of parents tell their children that if they want to be an actor, that's fine, but they should do something else first, so they've got something to fall back on. It doesn't work like that, as far as I'm concerned.

Tags: Children, Parents, Work

It takes a lot of energy and creativity to make such screwed up lives carry on. And the kind of will people have to survive, year after year, dealing with that stuff, is weirdly impressive.

Tags: After, Creativity, Energy

People seem to be losing their sense of boundaries more and more, what people are willing to put up on the internet, especially blogs. People seem to assume that only their friends are going to read it but anyone in the world could read it at any time.

Tags: Friends, Put, Time

Everybody's got their own situation and their own needs.

Tags: Everybody, Needs, Situation

It is something I recognise in myself. I do eavesdrop. I do people-watch, a lot.

Tags: Eavesdrop, Recognise

Last week I was just someone who had had a first novel published.

Tags: Last, Someone, Week

Now that I've had a book published, it is quite validating, but a bit embarrassing.

Tags: Bit, Book, Quite

I once saw a picture in the paper of John Hegley with 'poet' written on his knuckles, and I thought that was pretty cool, so I was quite up front about it.

Tags: Cool, Pretty, Thought

It would have been very easy to drift into writing a non-fiction book so by taking it away from Nottingham I forced myself to imagine much more of it.

Tags: Away, Book, Writing