09 March 1988
TV: Andy Turner in
GRANGE HILL (Lime Pictures 2003-2007)
THEATRE: THE SECRET
DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE (YULA 2006); CINDERELLA (Regal Entertainments
2006-2007); THE FUNNY (Little Acorns 2008)
CHRIS ON ANDY: I was
very similar to Andy Turner, especially when I furst started
Andy was quite like me, he had good friends who would
sometimes get him into mischief which I could certainly
relate to. Andy was very obsessed with wrestling, which
is another trait that I have, in fact my mother always
used to say to me "you're not playing a character,
you're just playing yourself!" Which was certainly
true, especially when Andy would say funny lines, I used
to love getting those lines or placing my character in
silly scenarios like being in the ladies' toilet with
a ridiculous looking moustache. Fortunately that's not
happened to me...well not yet anyway.
ON GRANGE HILL...
It was crazy, a real crazy experience. I would want to
get to sleep at like 11pm, which wasn't normal for a boy
of 14, and I would love waking up at 8pm and heading to
the set. Grange Hill has really changed me as a person,
because it had such a big influence on my life, being
their for five years seems mad, because I don't know where
all the time went.
HOBBIES: I have never
been the sporty type, I've always been interested in writing
and acting and the people I have associated with have
always had the same interests. I am a hige fan of TV comedy
- I'm very keen on Curb Your Enthusiasm and recently I
have been catching up with the last series of Entourage.
I was also a huge fan of The Sopranos and Six Feet Under
and I've now been recently getting into The Wire. I've
recently been listening to some old Jimi Hendrix stuff,
it's excellent, and I've been reading Jack Kerouac's On
The Road while listening to Jimi.
FAMILY: Since working
on the Crookall family tree, my dad discovered that my
Great Uncle was once an actor and went to America to star
in B-movies. I have an uncle who was in a popular Liverpool
group and my cousin once starred in Brookside.
PETS: I have a tortoise
called Jenny and a labrador called Ben.
dislike big rides like Oblivion, you won't catch me on
them, you'll see me with the bags and ice-cream cones
on the bench. I really like going out with my mates and
going to the cinema.
AM I NOW? Since I left Grange Hill I've been
working on a number of pantomimes. Currently I am at Edge
Hill University in Ormskirk, doing a degree in film studies
with film/TV production, I am just about to go into my
third year. I have just completed a short documentary
which I wrote and presented about a local Liverpool legend,
the Childe of Hale. I was fortunate to interview many
local historians and comic book creator/author and fellow
Scouser John Reppion. I teach in St Helens Theatre and
at the Dolphin Dance studios in Liverpool. This summer
I've co-written and starring in my own theatre company's
"Little Acorns", first comedy sketch show at
the Edinburgh Fringe Festival entitled "Bringing
The Funny". Myself and writing partners Nick Jackson
and Fiona Quayle are hoping for some success with our
sketches and myself and Nick are planning on producing
a talk show podcast which should be starting at the end
ANY OTHER INTERESTING FACTS:
The pupils I teach have just been a part of the Liverpool
Performing Arts Festival at Liverpool town hall, they
left the competition winning over five medals including
a gold for a comedy sketch that myself and the Little
Acorns group wrote.
Many thanks to Chris for his help