Grant Gillespie is an actor, novelist, and screenwriter in the dirty, beating heart of London’s Soho.
Onscreen, he’s appeared in films, including: Kingsman 2, Closer to the Moon (starring Vera Farmiga) and Florence Foster Jenkins (starring Meryl Streep, dir Stephen Frears). His TV roles include: Will (TNT), the CH4 hit comedy, Catastrophe, the BBC sitcom, Siblings, Netflix’s The Crown, BBC’s George Gently, City Hall, Victoria, Cast Offs, plus multiple guest leads in Holby City, Hollyoaks, Doctors and Eastenders. He has also enjoying MOCAP work including: Squadron 42 at The Imaginarium and voicing computer games including Bloodborne and Dark Souls. He’s also worked with several celebrated theatre directors, notably Jamie Lloyd, Michael Grandage, Stephen Unwin and Erica Whyman.
His début novel, The Cuckoo Boy, was described as ‘an emotionally visceral debut’ (Guardian). ‘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’. (Observer). His short story, The Upper Hand, was recently published by Simon Schuster in the collection He Played For His Wife and Other Stories, also featuring Patrick Marber, Jennifer Tilly and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
Grant writes plays and screenplays, often collaborating with Kate Ashfield (writer of CH4’s Born to Kill and actor in Shaun of the Dead, Byzantium, Nymphomaniac). Their series, The Harvest, is now on the slate at Kate Lewis and Julia Walsh’s new production company, Neon Ink.