I haven’t got an exact date on this photo. Clues – length of hair and the style of leather jacket point to 1981 or so.
The jacket was actor’s booty – bought for half price after a shoot. It was my first big TV lead, a thriller for Granada TV, shot in Manchester, called ‘McBride Reading Crime’. My first title role too – I was McBride, a very cocky student who seizes on a boffin friend’s idle plan – to simultaneously hit an art gallery and do a drugs heist. Unfortunately he hires muscle from the local mob… Reece Dinsdale was my sidekick, Lynsey Baxter my former girlfriend. A big kick was working with the wonderful Irish actor Ray McNally – remember him as the Cardinal in ‘The Mission’? I was quite inexperienced at the time and he helped me relax and truly listen.
The Daily Mirror liked me though I think I was pretty posy. Acting ‘hard’. Didn’t have the experience. I would learn the craft of film acting two years later on ‘AD – Anno Domini’ – a story and photos for another post.
But the hair? Blimey! And that’s a natural curl too! The only think I’d just begun to do then was to put flying colours in – the blonde of my youth was vanishing. Now such hair as I have is dark brown. What’s that about?