The Prometheus and Star Wars ac­tor on his un­usual en­trance to show­biz and why there’s no place like home – whether it’s sunny Por­to­bello or the darker side of Ed­in­burgh

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I grew up in Por­to­bello.

It’s Ed­in­burgh’s sea­side. I have so many fond mem­o­ries of it. Evenings walk­ing along the prom­e­nade, play­ing in my par­ents’ back gar­den and feed­ing ducks with my sis­ter in Fig­gate Park. My par­ents still live there and my sis­ter and fam­ily are nearby.

As a child I was ob­sessed with the darker side of Ed­in­burgh.

I loved the sto­ries of Jekyll and Hyde and Mag­gie Dick­son. I still love the fact that the city is steeped in his­tory and that an an­cient cas­tle and ex­tinct vol­cano loom over it. It’s really mag­i­cal.

I al­ways wanted a Glaswe­gian ac­cent.

I just pre­fer it to my own.

My first role was as the Cater­pil­lar in Al­ice in Won­der­land.

It was in my school play and I was seven years old. I really wanted the part be­cause the cos­tume looked amaz­ing in the pre-pro­duc­tion sketches. As it turned out I ended up be­ing wrapped in a big green sheet.

I didn’t re­alise I wanted to be an ac­tor un­til I went to Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity.

I was study­ing Eng­lish and French when I de­cided that it wasn’t too late to change the course of my life and pur­sue the one thing that made me hap­pi­est. Luck­ily the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land was still hold­ing au­di­tions so I hastily got a few speeches to­gether. I’m not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t got in.

My mum’s veg­e­tar­ian lasagne is my all-time favourite com­fort food.

That, or my dad’s Aash, which is a Per­sian soup.

I once ate raw liver.

It was for a scene in a film I was shoot­ing. It was aw­ful. Get it!

I can’t stand it when I’m wear­ing head­phones

and my arm catches the wire and rips the buds out of my ears. For some rea­son it fills me with rage.

We are all a mix­ture of good and bad.

I like play­ing the char­ac­ters that aren’t good­ies or bad­dies but fall some­where in the mid­dle. The grey area is so much more in­ter­est­ing than the black and white.

I used to have a dog called John.

He’s gone now, but my neigh­bours’ cat comes to visit me some­times. She is very old and her name is Mouse.

I’ve just fin­ished read­ing Sid­dhartha by Her­mann Hesse.

I en­joyed it very much. I’m also a big fan of The Mas­ter and Mar­garita by Mikhail Bul­gakov and The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hem­ing­way. A friend of mine gave me a novel called La­nark by Alas­dair Gray re­cently and I can’t wait to start it. I’ve heard ex­cit­ing things about his writ­ing. I have only one guilty plea­sure. Red wine.

‘We are all a mix­ture of good and bad. The grey area is so much more in­ter­est­ing’

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