Spending Time With…Kelley Costigan ( @KelleyCostigan ) #supportindiefilm

Kelley Costigan, Actor, Director, Pole Dancer, Fencer, Performance Combatant, Adventurer, & Pirate.  (Hmm I do need to ask more details on her career as a Pirate at some point)

With appearances in a huge range of shows such as BBC’s Lorna Doone, TV’s Casualty, and films such as High Heels and Low Lifes, and more stage appearances than I could possible list. Kelley is one of the hardest working performers Ive seen with a super impressive resume. Kelley has taken some time out to answer the Season 1 questions of Spending Time With… (I prefer these questions and fele they are more suited to her) So without any further waffling by me. Have a read and get to know Kelley Costigan a bit better. Then pop over to Twitter and say hi (  @KelleyCostigan    )


Is there a book that you have reread more than any other?

Sherlock Holmes stories.

Favourite Childhood TV show growing up?

Doctor Who.

What’s your most memorable ‘fan’ encounter?

Being collected by Johnny Depp in a golf buggy and giggling like a little girl (sooo embarrassing but he was very kind)

What’s your most starstruck you have been?

Meeting Tom Baker at a book signing. He was my Doctor growing up and I was completely tongue-tied.

What was one of the most memorable films you saw as a child?

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Child Catcher scared the bejeezus out of me!).

What do you find the hardest part of your creative process?

Ensuring that I’ve got my lines absolutely bang on.

What is one of the best pieces of advice you can remember being given?

Find your light (theatre) and find your mark (film) without looking for them – you need to feel for your light and get your steps right to hit your mark.

When it comes to watching films? Physical Media or Digital?

Both. They both have their appeal.

Let’s say the same for music? Digital or Physical?

Both. Depends where I am.

If you could change one thing about the industry you are in, what would it be?

That there would be more roles for women over 40 which are realistic and substantial. The industry does not reflect the real world – in race, gender, or age – everyone is under 25, which is unrealistic.

What is one of your favourite current TV shows? (or let’s say in the past 10 years).

The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, Game of Thrones.

Are you a video gamer? If so, what’s your console of choice?

I’m behind the times and really don’t have time to play them (much as I would like to), so I don’t have a preference.

Do you read reviews of shows that you are in?

Usually after the show has closed.

If you had to make a bucket list of people you’d love to work with, tell me one name who would be on it?

Sir Anthony Hopkins.

What is one of your most favourite locations you have filmed in?

I don’t get to film very often on location (mostly in studio), but I did get to work at High Rocks in Kent, which was beautiful.

What film always makes you laugh?


What film do you love that you feel most people might not be aware of?

The Music Box (but with Stan & Ollie out now, I’m guessing people will know it now – or remember it).

How do you prepare for an audition?

Read all the instructions given, read and reread the script, mark it up, and run the lines like mad until they are in my head enough so that I can play around with them.

In your creative roles? What is the longest day that you’ve ever had?

I’ve worked the odd 18 hour day. It’s sometimes difficult to keep momentum and energy levels up (not to mention staying awake). :

Do you have any ‘props or keepsakes from your films?

I have mostly photos, but possibly something here and there (they might want them back!).

What excites you most about the film world today?

The sheer amount of choice where to work and projects available – web series, independent films, Netflix, satellite, internet, you name it!

Is there one person who you feel has made you who you are today?

My father. He instilled in me a love of theatre and film from an early age – the magic they contain – and he also had a great belief in my creative abilities.

What is your proudest achievement?

Getting to work on a Tim Burton film and meet Michael Gambon, Michael Gough, Christina Ricci, and Johnny Depp.

What was one of the first music albums you can remember buying?

An Elvis Costello & the Attractions (can’t remember which one as I bought several).

Have you ever gotten someone’s autograph? Which is the most memorable for you?

Yes. I’ve had several over the years. I once got Jeremy Irons’ autograph outside a theatre in New York.

How many movies do you think you watch a year?

Including DVDs and digital, more than I can count!

Many thanks to Kelley for taking the time out to Spend Time With….

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