Interview: Gary Beadle, star of EastEnders and Banksy: The Room in the Elephant

Interview: Gary Beadle, star of EastEnders and Banksy: The Room in the Elephant

The actor talks bikes, school crushes and Judith Chalmers

First record you ever bought
‘A Message to You, Rudy’ by the Specials.

Last extravagant purchase you made
A new bicycle.

First film you saw that really moved you
The Champ with Ricky Schroder.

First movie you ever went on a date to
The Cannonball Run.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work

Last great meal you cooked
Salmon, pepper and spinach omelette.

First crush
Miss Jones, my secondary school teacher.

Last book you read
The Burglar Diaries by Danny King.

First great piece of advice you were given
Never rest on your laurels.

Last time you were starstruck
Seeing Judith Chalmers in Tesco when I was a kid.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Pay teachers and nurses a lot more money.

Last meal on earth
All the sushi I can eat.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
‘Creep’ by Radiohead.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
When I bought my bicycle.

First time you realised you were famous
When really pretty women started paying attention.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
Clever, mad fool.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
Some sneakers but they were the wrong size!

First concert you ever attended
Dionne Warwick at Drury Lane London.

Last time you bought someone flowers
A month ago.

First object you’d save from your burning home
My bike.

Last funny thing you saw online
A cat trying to operate a photocopier.

First job
Petrol station attendant.

Last person you fantasized about
Lindsay Lohan.

First word you spoke

Last crime you committed

First song at your (potential) wedding
‘Another One Bites the Dust’ by Queen.

Last song at your funeral
‘People Are Strange’ by the Doors.

First person you’d thank in an award acceptance speech
The person that said I couldn't win an award.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
You don't wanna know …

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
Have I turned the oven off?

Banksy: The Room in the Elephant, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 16 & Sat 17 May.

Banksy: The Room in the Elephant

Banksy: The Room In The Elephant

  • Directed by: Emma Callander
  • Written by: Tom Wainwright

The story of a homeless man living within a work by Banksy: an old water tank in Los Angeles with 'This Looks A Bit Like An Elephant' spray painted on the side. When the tank becomes a work of art, its resident is suddenly homeless again.

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