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 unnerving 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.
Disclaimer: the content on this page will still be a tad dry and listy for the sake of expediency if not wit, because apparently everyone has a TLDR switch (‘Too Long Didn’t Read’… Yes, some bright, young sparky thing came up with that acronym, because – as well as having the attention span of a drunk fruit fly – writing out words in full also takes too long now too, LOL). Anyway, to make a much longer, more rambling resume somewhat shorter…
On-screen, 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). Voice-wise I’ve appeared in numerous BBC radio plays, done a stint of MOCAP work for the game Squadron 42 – staring Gary Oldman and Mark Hamill at The Imaginarium, (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.
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 a regular contributor to podcasts Gothic/creepy drama series, The Other 1%.
I also 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, Neon Ink and my pilot, The Name of Action, just made the semi-finals for the US, Shore Scripts pilot competition, placing it in the top 4% from 1000 entries.