In a nutshell, I was born in London, raised in Australia and returned to London where I played American or English, never Australian. Fortunately I always had a good ear for dialects and a wide imagination for my family background. I may have told a director or two that I was of Russian, French, German or Irish descent, depending on what was required. The latter happens to be true. I’ve had the privilege of working with extraordinary people and in wonderful / interesting / get-me-home locations. Sometimes people band together on location and its like having an immediate family. Sometimes being on location feels like you are the only person on the planet. It is great fun to have had a sense of what life was like 150 years ago or 50 years ago. Corsets notwithstanding.
It’s a bit like living the life of a time-traveling gypsy. In the last few years I have been working at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Ireland and what a joy and adventure it has been. I followed in the footsteps of Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, and Frances McDormand to name but a few of the illustrious names that have worked there. It is a jewel of a theatre filled with wonderful characters that have worked there for years, thirty in some cases! I am so grateful for having the opportunity to part of the company.
More recently I completed a four year degree in Politics, Philosophy and History. For my dissertation I wrote a play between Rene Descartes and David Hume called “Ghosts of La Fléche”, which I hope to get produced next year. And I finished my photographic exhibition “Into the Light: Faces of Ireland” featuring leading Irish actors and Survivors, children, now adults, who grew up in Irish convents and institutions.
Many thanks ~ Paris