12th June 2020 — Drama students at Taunton School recently had the unique opportunity to interview former Taunton School student and well-loved actor, Ian McNeice, in a virtual question and answer session.
Ian, who is best known for playing “Bert Large” in ITV’s Doc Martin is a classically trained actor, having studied at LAMDA and worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for many years. During the virtual meeting, he regaled the students with tales from Hollywood, working with Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Radcliffe, Cameron Diaz and Jim Carrey, mentioning that it all started with his performance in Charlie’s Aunt at Taunton School.
Ian, who was a student at Taunton School in the 1960s, said: “I owe a great deal to Taunton School - it’s where it all began. I would encourage any young person interested in a career as an actor to get some proper training and persevere. It’s not easy, but I wouldn’t look back!”
Head of Drama Melanie Stamp said: “The pupils were so lucky to have this fantastic opportunity to interview a national treasure. He was so inspirational and interesting and we all really enjoyed hearing fascinating memories and anecdotes from his film and stage career. I was a little star struck (as were the students!) but the one thing I will take away was the passion he has for performance which was conveyed so clearly in the warmth of his speech when discussing his life.”