An Aberdeen actor has landed a role in a TV series alongside the celebrated film star John Malkovich.
Ian Pirie, 52, left the city 29 years ago to pursue his dream of acting and has featured in more than 40 movies and television shows since his big break in the West End revival of the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.
Ian, who hails from Mastrick but now lives in London, will be working with American actor John Malkovich in a TV miniseries The ABC Murders – a new BBC One Agatha Christie adaptation.
The show is set in the 1930s and sees the famous Hercule Poirot face a serial killer known only as A.B.C and Ian will play Peter Bishop.
He said: “It’s quite exciting to be working with John Malkovich, especially since he has a wealth of experience.
“I’ve worked with other big actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, but I think what I’m also excited about is that he comes from mostly a theatre background like myself.
“He has his own style and he’s also a really nice guy.”
One of his recent projects will premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on June 22. Calibre is a thriller about two lifelong friends who head up to an isolated Scottish Highlands village for a weekend hunting trip that goes horribly wrong.
Ian said: “I am very excited because it was the director and writer, Matt Palmer’s first time doing both.
“That’s quite a feat since it is a fantastic screenplay – all shot in Scotland. The scenery is really beautiful and we filmed it in the middle of November so it was absolutely freezing.
“The cast is the cream of Scottish talent and throughout the creative process we grew close, like a family.
“I think that’s something that will translate really well on screen.”
The performer said the film has a worldwide premiere date and he hopes that this will help attract audiences. He added: “I hope it does well since all the actors involved really did it because of the script writing and the subject matter.”
Ian was 24 when he fell in love with acting. He went for his first trip to the theatre, a Magic of the Musicals show staged by Limelight Theatre Group at His Majesty’s Theatre.
He was so inspired that he walked up to one of the group’s co-founders, John Murray, and told him he would be in his next show.
Ian said: “I have no formal training and just went for it.
“When I started people would tell me, ‘you know, you’re good at this’.
“So I took the plunge and came down to London with very little money and fortunately it all worked out for me.”
Ian worked with Limelight and Attic theatre groups in Aberdeen for five years. He then bagged a role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revival of Jesus Christ Superstar after performing at the open auditions.
Since getting his break, Ian has gone on to work on a films that include Die Another Day, Batman: The Dark Knight, Tommy’s Honour and Les Miserables.
More recently he had a role in the ITV series Endeavour, the prequel to the celebrated Inspector Morse.
Ian added that one of the films he most enjoyed working on was Sunset Song, based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic novel of an Aberdeenshire farm girl, in which he played Chae Strachan.
It gained a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Feature Film in 2016.
Ian said: “I got to play one of my favourite characters in the film, so it was like coming home.
“We filmed in scenic locations like Ballater. It was lovely.”
During filming for Die Another Day he spent five weeks in Cadiz and during a fight scene was punched in the face by Pierce Brosnan, who played Bond.