Where are you from?
Born in Fenham, at the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear.
Do you have much acting and/or production (stage or TV) experience?
My acting experience has been largely limited to farce in small drama groups.
What was your acting debut, and how old were you?
Can't remember, although my earliest memory of a role was back in '77 when I was involved in a Christmas nativity play in junior school. I played a shepherd with a bad knee! (Not described in the role, the knee injury came about in a minor accident in the schoolyard some days before.)
How did you get involved in Fluffy?
Through Fluffy's creator and writer Mr. H. Burrows. In his early consideration of the film as a project, he tendered the role for one of the vampires. Later formal auditions lead me to try my hand at a few of the other roles, largely for the fun of it. As an actor it's always fun to try things out.
Why did you audition for the part of vampire extra?
Like many actors, I'm caught in the western world's love affair with the vampire culture. The characteristics of being powerful, seductive, corrupting and holding onto eternal youth are what make the vampire entity an attractive role for any actor to play.
Is this your first film, or have you been involved in other films?
This is my second role with Foiled Productions. My film debut was in Foiled.
Are you a Buffy fan?
I've seen very little material from Buffy to be able to say, however, the overplay of the acting, the seeming excesses of the dialogue and the appearance of the vamps convinces me that this would not be a program to my liking.
What have you gained from your involvement in Fluffy?
Strength and tolerance. Acting has been stated by many to be hard work and not fun all the time. If you really want to act you must be prepared to accept the demands of schedules and production takes which can at times be dull, repetitive and tiring.
Do you have any claims to fame? (E.g. meeting famous people, appearances on TV / stage etc.)
Amongst people I've met are:
Michael Sheard (from Grange Hill)
Any hobbies / obsessions? (Things you enjoy doing)
Generally, I've bizarre thoughts and ideas which find themselves in all sorts of areas, like odd bits of writing, drawing, design, acting, etc.
Any amusing acting / production cockups (faux pas) - things going wrong on stage etc.?
Everyone falls foul, at some point or other, of acting the scene before the action is called. This happened for me in Foiled, although I don't remember when.
Any bizarre talents?
I used to be really good at voices, but less so nowadays, although I do enjoy some success with Michael Caine and Ian McDiarmid's portrayal of Darth Sidious. Throughout school, sixth-form, college, university, work and play I have picked-up on other's characteristics both in voice and manner. I have often used this ability to entertain my peers.
Any amusing / mad stories about things you've done, or have happened to you?
I've nearly been killed on more than one occasion.
So then, what exactly does this Mark person do, what are his talents, what is his purpose?
Well, nothing, but he seems to survive a great deal!
Any achievements you'd like to mention?
I won an award once for designing a promotional brown ale label. Only four bottles were produced of which I have one, Newcastle Brewery museum displays another, one is held by the Brewery directors and the elusive fourth is owned by a collector somewhere. But where? Whooooooooo-ooooohh!
Any annoying habits? Are there any things that you say a lot?
I'm not very time-aware and poor at judging estimates that often beset both peers and colleagues. Leaving things to the last minute is quite typical. Heart messaging work deadlines is an art.
ALIEN (bloody good Film, that's film, not movie.). Paperhouse. The Keep. Altered States. Mississippi Burning. The Truman Show. All the President's Men. Star Wars (A New Hope). JFK. 13 Days. Halloween. The Day the Earth Stood Still. The Shawshank Redemption. The Dead Poets Society. Erin Brokovitch. The Blair Witch Project. Akira. The Fog. Get Carter. Planet of the Apes. Forbidden Planet. Rope. ALIENS. The Breakfast Club. Terminators I and II. Manhunter. Mrs. Doubtfire.
Favourite director(s) + actor(s) + actress(es)?
Peter Weir. John Carpenter. Ridley Scott. Michael Mann.
Michael Caine. Robert Redford. Jason Robards. Lee J. Cobb. Robin Williams. Hal Holbrook. Ian McDiarmid. Jeremy Brett. Brian Cox.
Sigourney Weaver. Juliet Stevenson. Mini Driver. Whoopi Goldberg.
If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?
Difficult to be specific as there are so many I'd equally love to meet.
Amongst the dead are:
Michael Faraday, Abraham Lincoln, Salvador Dali, Kennedys John F. and Robert, Jesus Christ, Albert Einstein, the recently late Jason Robards.
Amongst the living are:
Dalhi Lama, Hal Holbrook, Paul McCartney, Robert Redford.
Overall, I guess that JFK would be top.
What's your favourite fluffy thing?
I take it you mean fluffy and not Fluffy? (I.e. favourite aspect of the film in general.)
I'd say my favourite fluffy thing, apart from Santa-trim red-knickers (not on me of you understand!) is an original Steiff toy-bear I received as a Christmas present some years ago.