Over the past weeks I’ve been preparing a biographical chapter for the Lund Humphries monograph, trawling old diaries and photograph albums to piece together an account of my life before I became a painter. In 1969 when I was seventeen, I appeared in the Yorkshire TV children’s series Tom Grattan’s War. Michael Howe was the eponymous young hero and I played Lord Marcus Beck. In life Michael and I were school friends, both having been pupils at Italia Conti. Peter acquired a boxed set of the series as a surprise for my Christmas stocking. I’d never watched myself when I was a young actor, so seeing this over forty years after the event was quite an experience. (One that left to my own devices I would have quite happily avoided!) The photograph was taken on location in the hills above Middleham. That’s me in the straw boater.
I’m finding all this exploration of my history a tad unnerving, being not at all keen on so much examination of what once was. However, I offer the picture here on the Artlog in the spirit of it being a curiosity from my distant past, sure that it will bring a smile to the lips of some of you.