Billy Connolly

Gabriel & Me

Interviewed by Kirstie Lamont

Why did you want to play the angel Gabriel in "Gabriel & Me"?

I saw the script and instantly liked it. You get sent a lot of stuff but a decent one just jumps out at you and this one did. It was called "Jimmy Spud" in those days. Playing an angel was always going to be fun and this angel's kind of fed up. He doesn't like being stuck with this kid, he wants a better job than that. I liked the challenge, he's not a sweetie-sweetie angel.

What's your take on sharing so many scenes with Sean Landless, an untried actor?

Actually he's not untried, he's done quite a lot of telly. He's probably acted as much as me. You know that stuff they say about children and animals - I've always had a nice time. Although I was bitten by a seagull once and Vietnamese pigs don't smell very nice.

Do you believe in angels?

I don't believe in angels and I have trouble with the whole God thing. I don't want to say I don't believe in God, but I don't think I do. But I believe in people who do. I have a wee parking angel, it sits on your dashboard and it's supposed to get you a parking space. It's worked so far. But I get a bit bored with people who believe in angels. It's a bit in the aromatherapy field for me - a bit hocus-pocus.

Read an interview with Billy's co-star Iain Glen.