Ray Brooks reads his autobiography: Learning My Lines.
Talking Book 3 Audio Discs
RUNNING TIME APPROX. 180 mins.
Ray Brooks was a guest at one of our recent Stockport events. Very funny and laid back, he told stories about Dirk Bogarde and Michael Crawford, among others, giving great insights into the industry. His acting career has spanned more than four decades, with films such as the The Knack …and How to Get It; Play It Cool and Some People, as well as TV including Rooms; Public Eye and Softly, Softly. More recently, he played Pauline Fowler’s killer in EastEnders. While working on EastEnders, Ray wrote a diary about life behind the scenes at Albert Square. He also describes growing up in Brighton with his bus conductress mother; working with Ken Loach on Cathy Come Home, fighting Daleks in Dr Who and starring as gambler Robbie Box in the hit TV show Big Deal.
Revealing the vulnerability of an actor’s life, this candid account is full of humour and captivating honesty: What job will I get when this one finishes? Can I still learn lines? That fat, bald bloke on the screen surely can’t be me?
He describes early days in rep; almost appearing in The Sound of Music, and working on classic comedies by Alan Ayckbourn and Tom Stoppard. He was the voice of Mr Benn, the childrens’ TV series which was repeated for over 21 years; and his seductive tones have persuaded us to buy everything from margarine to lemonade!
£15 with free UK Postage.