[This is one of my older pages, updated for the my WordPress site…]
As a professional actor, I’ve worked with many interesting people.
But just like everyone else, I am also a fan.
So whose photos would I have on my wall?
Here are a few of them collected over the years….
Mary McDonough As a kid, I was a big fan of The Waltons. Watching in England, life on Walton’s Mountain seemed idyllic and, like John Boy, I began to keep a journal – something I still do to this day. As a youngster, I could relate to all the Walton kids, but it was Erin I had a crush on. Many years later while watching an old episode, I wondered what had ever happened to actor Mary McDonough, tracked down her agent and sent her a letter. She sent a lovely reply, along with the signed photo above.
Tracie Bennett If anyone is responsible for me being a professional actor today, Tracie Bennett is that person. As a Coronation Street fan, I loved her performance in the show and went to see her in pantomime. I met her in the bar after the show and we had a great talk. As I was doing at the time, she used to work in a Tax Office. This inspired me to quit the Civil Service and follow my dream. I met her a few times after that and she was always very supportive and helpful.
Pat Phoenix Another Coronation Street star. Pat was one of the long-running characters I grew up with. I met her in Sheffield at a store opening a few years before she died. I lined up for ages to see her – it was well worth the wait.
Richard Thorp Richard Thorp, of Emmerdale fame. Richard is the father of Doug Thorp, the director of one of my first movies, CUT. Doug got this signed photo for me. The signature is, unfortunately, fading with exposure to sunlight. Or it could be he used a bad pen!