From T2 to stage show


Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Dou­glas Dickie

He has been watched by mil­lions in Trainspot­ting 2 – but for Ruther­glen ac­tor Andy Fer­gu­son, tread­ing the boards at an in­ti­mate venue will be far more daunt­ing.

Andy en­joyed massive ex­po­sure ear­lier this year when he played Robert Car­lyle’s body dou­ble in the Trainspot­ting se­quel.

The 31-year-old ap­peared in nu­mer­ous scenes as the iconic char­ac­ter Beg­bie.

But rather than let­ting the ex­pe­ri­ence go to his head, Andy has been busy study­ing hard for his HND in act­ing and per­for­mance at Glas­gow Clyde Col­lege.

And with his end of year show on the hori­zon, he ad­mits to some ma­jor nerves ahead of his first ex­pe­ri­ence in a theatre.

He said: “We’re do­ing Jim Cartwright’s Road. It’s four shows at the Scot­tish Youth Theatre in Glas­gow and I’m play­ing two parts, so I’ll be in ev­ery show.

“Theatre is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from any­thing I’ve done be­fore. I’m re­ally ner­vous about it.

“It’s not a come­down at all (from Trainspot­ting). It will be a com­pletely new ex­pe­ri­ence for me and it’s some­thing I al­ways wanted to achieve.”

Road ex­plores the lives of the peo­ple in a de­prived, work­ing class area of Lan­cashire dur­ing the govern­ment of Mar­garet Thatcher.

Andy will take on the parts of Louise’s brother and Brian, two res­i­dents of the street.

He ex­plained: “It’s all dif­fer­ent sto­ries. There is no lead ac­tor in it, just all these peo­ple on the one street and the plot goes from one to the other.”

Away from col­lege, Andy has signed with a new agency, Ef­fec­tive Cre­ative Man­age­ment Scot­land.

He has also been work­ing on a new drama for the BBC, psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller, Trust Me.

It stars Jodie Whit­taker, best known for her role in Broad­church, and Andy can­not wait to see the fin­ished re­sult.

He said: “It’s air­ing later this year. I’m an ex­tra but it’s fea­tured parts so you will see me rather than me just be­ing in the back­ground.

“Ba­si­cally Jodie’s char­ac­ter is a nurse who comes up to Ed­in­burgh and as­sumes her best friend’s iden­tity.

“They are a doc­tor and she starts pre­tend­ing to be a doc­tor. That’s all I know at this stage.”

And while Andy will be for­ever grate­ful for the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing Beg­bie, he reck­ons it is time to move on in his ca­reer.

He added: “I made a few con­tacts through it and I might have some other projects.

“Since Trainspot­ting I’ve had a lot of time to come down from it.

“I was used to not speak­ing about it so I didn’t give any­thing away. Now I’m just look­ing to­wards the next job.”

Road is on at the Scot­tish Youth Theatre on Brunswick Street from May 31 to June 2. Tick­ets cost £7.

NervesAndy Fer­gu­son, above, reck­ons his first ex­pe­ri­ence of ap­pear­ing in theatre will be even more ter­ri­fy­ing than be­ing Robert Car­lyle’s body dou­ble. Right how we re­ported on Andy’s Trainspot­ting 2 star­dom

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