Grant Gillespie’s an actor, novelist, and screenwriter living in the West End of London.
Though he didn’t create this website, he did write the content and, though it’s ‘the form’ to write about oneself in the third person, Grant finds it deeply creepy to do so and can’t sustain it for more than a few paragraphs…
There, that’s over. From now on it’s my own unashamed, love-it or hate-it, authorial voice.
I’m afraid the content will still be a tad dry and listy for the sake of economy and wit, because apparently everyone has a TLDR switch (Too Long Didn’t Read… Yes, some bright spark came up with an acronym for it, because, as well as having the attention span of a drunk fruit fly, writing out words in full takes too long now too, LOL). Anyway, to make a much longer, more rambling story somewhat shorter…
Onscreen, I can tell you, I’ve appeared in numerous film and TV productions, including (see how efficient I’m being here): Kingsman 2, Florence Foster Jenkins, Will, Catastrophe, Siblings, The Crown, George Gently, Victoria and Cast Offs. On-stage, I’ve been lucky enough to work with the celebrated directors Jamie Lloyd, Michael Grandage, Stephen Unwin and Erica Whyman (‘No, they’re the lucky ones!’ I hear nobody cry). I’ve done a stint of MOCAP work at The Imaginarium which was a hoot. (Who doesn’t want to wear a grey leotard and have Velcro balls stuck to them?) and I’ve given life to the voices of both sinister and surprisingly heroic characters in the computer games Bloodborne and Dark Souls.
Aside from treading boards and shouting into the dark, to stay slightly saner, I’ve always written too.
My novel, The Cuckoo Boy, was described as ‘an emotionally visceral debut,’ (Guardian), which is pithy and pleasing. And the Observer said that ‘through James and David, Gillespie explores the chasm between how children and adults perceive the world, and the devastating consequences of falling through this gap. The Cuckoo Boy is a savage indictment of hypocrisy and forced social convention.’
One of my short stories, The Upper Hand, was published by Simon Schuster in the book, He Played For His Wife and Other Stories, and I was excited to be slotted in alongside heavyweights, Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and writer DBC Pierre and – what probably excited me most – Jennifer Tilly, who’s not only the hilarious gangster’s moll/aspiring actress in Bullets Over Broadway but the eponymous bride in the Bride of Chucky AND a professional gambler no less. Beat that. I can’t.
I am a regular contributor to podcasts Gothic/creepy drama series, The Other 1%. I’ve penned a theatre/radio play. (Note I haven’t write plays, plural yet. Why lie? There’s currently one based on a brilliant Katherine Mansfield story.)
I do write screenplays (plural), including the pilot, Harvest – co-written with Kate Ashfield – that’s on the slate at Kate Lewis and Julia Walsh’s production company, Neon Ink.