Ray Dono­van

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Ed­die Marsan de­scribes him­self as “a funny lit­tle man”, but no­body’s laugh­ing at the 48-year-old’s per­for­mance as ex-boxer Terry, whose Parkin­son’s Dis­ease has wors­ened in the cur­rent fourth sea­son of drama Ray Dono­van (2013cur­rent). And like his char­ac­ter, Ed­die’s taken a cou­ple of punches in his life…

Like when he was 16 and grow­ing 1

up in Lon­don. “I was lost af­ter my par­ents’ divorce. I got caught up with some re­li­gious fa­nat­ics. They’re ma­nip­u­la­tive. They wanted me to re­ject the theory of evo­lu­tion and ‘save’ ho­mo­sex­u­als. I thought, ‘This doesn’t make sense,’ and my mum saved me.”

He dropped out of school aged 16 2

to be­come a printer’s ap­pren­tice, but that didn’t last and he took up drama at a lo­cal play­house that year.

Ed­die stud­ied act­ing at Mountview 3

Academy Of The­atre Arts and got his first role in 1992 – as a yob (dis­rup­tive per­son in the UK) in Brit sit­com The Piglet Files (1990-1992). And while Ed­die loves do­ing com­edy movies, he jokes that those roles have dried up now “be­cause of my mug [face]. I love how ev­ery­one’s try­ing to be good-look­ing in LA, then I turn up and get the work”.

He has a sense of hu­mour too 4

and claims that “Matthew McConaughey is the only ac­tor good-look­ing enough to play me in a film of my life”.

Ed­die’s been mar­ried to make-up 5

artist Ja­nine Sch­nei­der since 2002 and says that “lov­ing Ja­nine feels like ‘cham­pagne’”. They have two daugh­ters and two sons and live in Lon­don.

He also has great per­sonal in­sight 6

into play­ing Terry. “My best friend, who died two years ago, he had it [Parkin­son’s]. It was heart-break­ing the way that it was de­bil­i­tat­ing to his con­fi­dence.” NB! See more on p34

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