Mr Flibble Talks To... To Play The King
As the King in season VII's Stoke Me a Clipper... Brian Cox lost his wife to one 'Lister of Smeg'. In The Long Kiss Goodnight he helped Gina Davis find her lost identity. But as the original Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter he wasn't going to lose to anybody.
16 March, 2001
Brian Cox
Mr Flibble's right hand provided by
Andrew Ellard

Can we start with how you became an actor?

I started to work in the theatre when I was just 15, in the local repertory theatre in my home town of Dundee in Scotland. Then I went to drama school when I was 17, and I was working as a fully professional actor when I was 19. It was quite a quick start. It was something I always wanted to do.

How did you then go onto TV and film?

I started on TV when I left drama school - my first job was a television play, a Play for Today in 1965. In those days television wasn't the be all and end all. Television was great, certainly a lot better than it is now, but it was either the movies or the theatre. I didn't really start doing television in a serious way until the mid-70s - I'd done mainly theatre up until then. Then I went to America in the mid-80s.