An­drew Grainger

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An­drew Grainger had al­ways been in­ter­ested in act­ing but came to it as a pro­fes­sion by way of a friend – she was headed to Lon­don to au­di­tion for drama col­lege and asked him to keep her com­pany. He did and he got in. He was 16, it was the late 70s and his dad said he should stay in school. As it turned out, he only lasted three more months at school. “Then they asked me to leave.” So Lon­don and a mu­si­cal theatre course it was.

Ded­i­cated British telly fans might recognise Grainger from shows such as The Bill, and EastEnders and a bevy of oth­ers. He also worked along­side Robert Red­ford in the movie Spy Game. Since mov­ing to New Zealand just over a decade ago with his Kiwi wife Sacha, he has kept busy on screen and stage. Ear­lier this year, he was in Chekhov clas­sic The Cherry Or­chard while his cur­rent project, Filthy Busi­ness, re­turns him to a part of the world he’s very fa­mil­iar with: East Lon­don. It’s a dark com­edy, a genre Grainger says is lay­ered – it can be mov­ing, shock­ing and ex­tremely funny all at the same time.

“Which is what life is about, re­ally. In all kinds of dark­ness we can find hu­mour.”

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