The Full Monty heads to Southampton from 11 to 16 February next year. Recently I caught up with the cast and director and we had a chat. I’ll be sharing over the coming months but first here is my chat with Gary Lucy who plays Gaz and the Mayflower’s press agent Charlotte Nelson talked to director Rupert Hill.
Gary Lucy has had an extensive career on-screen starring in some of the UK’s leading television shows. His credits include recently playing, for 18 months, the role of Danny Pennant in EastEnders (BBC), four years as DS Will Fletcher in The Bill (ITV), starring alongside Ray Winstone in She’s Gone (ITV), three series of Footballer’s Wives starring as Kyle Pascoe (ITV), and Luke Morgan in Hollyoaks (Channel 4), a role he played for three years, winning the Best Newcomer Award at the British Soap Awards.
Gary’s other credits include The Missing with Pauline Quirke (BBC), Casualty (BBC), the one-off drama Whatever It Takes (ITV) as well as becoming a champion in Dancing on Ice (ITV).
Charlotte Nelson then spoke to director Rupert Hill who himself has had an illustrious career. Rupert Hill started with small roles on television. He appeared in one episode of EastEnders as Robbie’s half-brother Kevin Bolton and also played a part in a music video by the band Haven.
Hill subsequently went into the ongoing role of Cameron Davenport in daily serial Family Affairs, a role he played from 2002 to 2004. He was then cast in Coronation Street, originating the role of Jamie Baldwin in 2004.
Hill played guitar in the now defunct band Shepherd’s Pi which he formed with former Family Affairs co-stars Sam Stockman and Angela Hazeldine. He now leads a new group called Biederbeck, who have performed several gigs in Manchester, London and at Rambsbottom Festival and Bestivalon the Isle of Wight.
In April 2007 it was announced by the media that the actor had quit his role in Coronation Street, a move which has left the street without a member of the Baldwin family for the first time in 30 years.
Hill is also part of a small comedy sketch group, Screaming Mess, where he co-writes and performs in many varied comedy sketches and parodies along with childhood friends Jamie Langrish and Marc Norris.
In July 2008, Hill appeared in four episodes of The Bill, playing a small-time criminal shot dead during an attempted revenge mission armed with a sub-machine gun.
In 2012 Hill appeared in the British horror film ‘Entity’ starring alongside Dervla Kirwan and Charlotte Riley. In September 2014, Hill will begin playing the role of Guy in the touring production of The Full Monty.
Hill has directed two short films “Roll With the Punches” and “Molehills” (which he also wrote). In 2018 he appeared in Hollyoaks as Josh Bradley
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