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Scott outside the theatre
Scott will 'Never Forget'
By Neil Foster
How does an actor from Norton, Malton end up being cast as a Spanish Jason Orange impersonator? Scott Garnham is currently touring the country in 'Never Forget', the musical about an unlikely Take That tribute band. Neil Foster went to meet Scott...
“Never forget where you’re coming from”. So go the lyrics of the classic Take That hit, and North Yorkshire actor Scott Garnham certainly hasn’t forgotten how he got started in theatre:
"I started off doing amateur theatre in York and Malton. I performed with Ryedale Youth Theatre, Kirkham Henry Performing Arts, Shipton Theatre Company and Rowntree Musical Theatre. Then I went to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and got a masters degree, and I've been jobbing along since then." says Scott.
Jobbing along is one way of putting it. Work in the acting profession is not easy, but Scott hasn't spent too many weeks 'resting' since he graduated. At the age of just 24, the young actor already has an impressive resumé. His previous work has included a USA National tour with 'The Twelve Irish Tenors', the play 'Jason and the Argonauts' in New York, a UK tour of 'Little Voice' and the West End musical 'Eurobeat'.
Scott in his tanning booth!
Scott says he was surprised to end up playing the Spanish part in the play, as he had initially thought he was being considered for another role: "When I got the call about auditioning for the show, it wasn't for a specific part, but I think something clicked in their heads and before I knew it, I was dyeing my hair and getting spray-tanned!"
To help him maintain his olive complexion, Scott has his own tanning booth in his dressing room which travels with him on the tour!
"I did demand it”, he says, tongue firmly in cheek. “I said to my agent I simply won't work unless they get me a tanning booth!"
So without natural Spanish looks or the ability to speak the language, what was it that won him the part? Scott’s co-star and ex-Eastender Shaun Williamson, thinks it was all down to Scott’s natural talent for comedy:
Scott has plenty of costume changes!
"The character who Scott plays is a Spaniard who has a very weak grasp of English, and it's very funny indeed”, says Shaun, who is playing the band’s manager, Ron, in the early stages of the tour.
"Scott is great at taking something off the page, and the audience is in stitches. He's created a great character, and I'm not surprised he hasn't stopped working.”
Shaun, who had a second high profile TV role alongside Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in 'Extras', maintains that success in the acting profession is not measured by how famous you become: “A successful actor is a working actor”, he says. “Television recognition is a by-product that might come along or it might not, but I'm convinced Scott will be a star. You heard it here first!"
Of course, those of us who remember Scott’s days treading the boards here in North Yorkshire knew it a long time ago.
last updated: 22/05/2009 at 17:33