ScreenTalk: John Leigh
John Leigh is a familiar face on the NZ stage and screen and has performed dozens of gritty character roles.
In this ScreenTalk interview he talks about his early beginnings in the Wellington theatre scene, his first major TV role as core cast member Lionel Skeggins on Shortland Street, and the thrill of playing Sparky on Outrageous Fortune.
“I like the idea that he can just go at any minute.”
Leigh is one of NZ’s most versatile and experienced actors, with more than 40 NZ TV and film credits to his name including roles in Lord of the Rings, Serial Killers, Stickmen, The Frighteners, Spin Doctors, Diplomatic Immunity, Eating Media Lunch, Mercy Peak, We’re Here to Help and Xena, plus numerous theatre appearances.
His talents also extend to voice-overs with several character appearances on Power Rangers, along with numerous national TV and radio advertising campaigns.
In this ScreenTalk interview, Leigh shares his experiences on:
• Playing Lionel Skeggins on Shortland Street, and a theory on his own disappearance.
• The challenges of fast turnaround TV show Spin Doctors.
• A real fire on the set of Outrageous Fortune.
• Bringing Serial Killers to life.
• Upstaging Michael J Fox in Lyttelton.
• Playing Hama in Lord of the Rings, and working with Sir Ian McKellen.
NZ On Screen: Interview, Camera & Editing – James Coleman