We caught up with Sam Crane for a quick Q&A to get a better insight into his experience as a professional performer, and asked for some words of wisdom to our upcoming competitors at Fiorentini’s Got Talent.
Sam is known for his acclaimed performances at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway, playing Winston Smith in Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan’s seminal production of 1984, and Farinelli in Farinelli and the King opposite Mark Rylance. On screen he starred as Fred Walters in the BBC series Desperate Romantics, and has appeared in many hit television shows including The Crown, Endeavour, Call the Midwife and Poldark.
I think I always found great pleasure and freedom in immersing myself in other personalities
Being congratulated by Whoopi Goldberg after she saw me in Farinelli and the King on Broadway
I’d really like to play Karl Ove Knausgaard in a (as yet unrealised) dramatisation of his autobiographical series of books My Struggle
Totally depends on what the part is, what the project is. It’s different every time
In an alternative universe, I would love to have been a novelist, though I think that’s probably an even less sensible career choice than acting.
When I was a student at LAMDA, we did a workshop with Simon McBurney (founder of Complicite). We were all in awe of him. He came into the room, looked us all up and down, and said “So, you want to be actors. I hope you know how to STARVE!”
It’s a hard, hard industry (see above!). Try not to compare yourself to others. Everyone’s career path is unique. Do what you can to maintain your creative agency; if you can, try and develop your own work.
Trust in the preparation you’ve done, don’t forget to breathe, and try to enjoy it!
Sam can next be seen in The Trial Of Christine Keeler on BBC 1 and Cobra on Sky.
Don’t forget to book your tickets to Fiorentini’s Got Talent 2019 on Saturday the 16th November! Click here to book.