Rory Wilton

Rory Wilton - Answer our questions

Rory plays “Marvin” in episode 6 of the new season of Horizon.

After an early career as a fine artist and illustrator, Rory Wilton graduated from The Hub Theatre School in 1992. Later that year he went on to join Bedlam Theatre Company of Cornwall, of which he became Co-Artistic Director in 1994, nationally touring new writing productions.

He started working in film and TV during the late 1990's, and joined the cast of “Doc Martin” in 2009 as regular character Chippy Miller. Rory's other credits include “The Fold”, US comedy series “Galavant” and Mammoth Screen's adaptation of “Poldark” for the BBC. Rory is a strong supporter of emerging talent, co-running several Bedlam Youth Theatre Companies in Cornwall, and was a Director in Residence at Cornwall Youth Theatre for nine years. He is a keen cook, musician and artist.

How did you get the part in the show?
My friend Kate (Davies) was in the first season and once I’d watched it all online I was very keen to get involved myself. Kate put me in touch with everyone – and the rest as they say is history!!

What were the highlights from the shooting of the show? Things you haven’t done before etc?
It was an interesting character to play as it was not the sort of role I get cast in very often. And to film in the John Wesley chapel in the middle of Bristol over night was great fun – especially as my fellow Poldark cast had been there filming without me only a few weeks earlier!

What was the hardest part of working on the show? Lots of lines, working with VFX, action stuff?
I think maintaining the sense of tension and urgency the show requires when most of the time you’re having a lot of fun between takes!

Regarding the craft of acting, what did you learn about or what might you do differently?
I think this is something for all actors to take into account – you can never be as familiar with the text as you’d like to be – as soon as you get the script, learn it! There’s nothing more frustrating for an actor as finding yourself in the middle of a really juicy high-tension moment on screen and then being failed by your memory.

Finally, what would you do if the events of the show really happened?!
I’d fight! Or run away – depending on whichever seemed more appropriate!! :D

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