Theatre, television, radio, and the voice field – yours truly has cracked them all. On the professional roller coaster I have hung in there. My highs have been working in Laurence Olivier’s company at the National Theatre and appearing with him in Saturday Sunday Monday and using my Italian accent.
One evening during the run we had a scene with a family meal at which we ate ragu, a meaty dish. The only problem was that the meat was off. Much mirth ensued. (It’s called corpsing in the trade). The great man read us a lecture the following day.
Another highlight was to do two plays with the mighty Len Rossiter. Playing with him was like working with a human dynamo. His energy was demonic. You had to be at your best to keep up with him. His early death at the peak of his career was a tragic loss.
I was lucky to be born with, as they say, ‘a good ear’ which has been of great benefit to me in my voice career. I have been lucky to have created some legendary voices: Parker and Brains in Thunderbirds; the Dalek voices in Dr Who; and latterly Grandpa Pig in Peppa Pig and the Wise Old Elf and the Gnome in Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.
I have just finished a short film called One For Sorrow. The cast was me, playing an elderly loner, a dog, and a magpie. I found the magpie difficult to work with. It was always trying to get cheep laughs.
So there we are. It has been a great ride – bumpy at times – but I have loved almost every minute of it and you never know what’s round the corner.
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