Grant Gillespie’s an actor, novelist, and screenwriter living in the West End of London.
Though he didn’t create this website, he wrote the content and – though it’s ‘form’ to write in the third person – it’s unnerving, and he can’t sustain it for more than a paragraph…
There, that’s over. From now on, it’s my love-it or hate-it, authorial voice. Disclaimer: the content will be a tad listy for the sake of expediency (not wit) to avoid anyone’s TLDR switch. Anyway, to make a much longer, more rambling resume somewhat shorter…
On-screen, let me tell you, I’ve been in numerous film and TV productions, including the Kingsman, Florence Foster Jenkins, Catastrophe, Siblings, The Crown, George Gently, Victoria and Cast Offs. On-stage, I’ve worked with celebrated directors Jamie Lloyd, Michael Grandage, Stephen Unwin and Erica Whyman. I’ve voiced numerous BBC radio plays, done a stint of MOCAP work at The Imaginarium (who doesn’t want to wear a grey leotard and have Velcro balls stuck to them?) and have given life to the voices of both sinister and surprisingly heroic characters in the computer games Bloodborne and Dark Souls.
Aside from treading boards, shouting into the dark, to stay slightly saner, I’ve always written.
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: He Played For His Wife and Other Stories, sidled in beside heavyweights, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, DBC Pierre and 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’m part of the production company 100 Names Films with Laurence Dobiesz, Lisa Kerr, Antonia Kinlay, Olivia Poulet, Sam Swainsbury. Our first short Deliver Me, can be watched here. I’m also regular contributor to podcasts Gothic/creepy drama series, The Other 1%.
I write for the screen, including the pilot, Harvest – co-written with Kate Ashfield – that’s on the slate at Kate Lewis and Julia Walsh’s production company; my pilot, The Name of Action, made the semi-finals for the US, Shore Scripts pilot competition, placing it in the top 4% from 1000 entries; another pilot, Splinter, was a quarter-finalist in the SWN Awards and the screenplay of my novel co-written with Kate Ashfield just came third in the Let’s Make It Screenwriting Contest.
Deep breath. Humble brag over. Thank you for your consideration!