Mr Flibble Talks To... Nicey Does It
Yes, you may well shake in your boots. Mr Flibble certainly would have, if he wore boots. The celebrity penguin tip-toes into the room to meet the man who is 'Nicey' Ackerman - Graham McTavish.
16 March, 2001
Graham McTavish
Mr Flibble's right hand provided by
Andrew Ellard

How did you start acting?

It was completely by accident. I used to write comic sketches with a friend of mine at school, and we would only perform them ourselves - we wouldn't trust anyone else to do them. (Lovey voice) We were that precious, really. (Laughs) We had no thought about acting at all, we just liked doing the sketches. And the drama teacher at my school saw me do it, and said, 'If you ever want to do some acting while you're here, let me know.' I said, 'No thanks! I really can't think of anything worse!' (Laughs)

Then they were doing a production of The Rivals, a restoration comedy, and the guy who was playing Bob Acres became very ill three days before they opened. He came to me and said, 'We're in a really bad state here, could you take over?' And to this day I have no idea why I said yes. I have no idea. (Laughs) I think I was probably hungover or something...

I made the decision that I was going to act professionally, and I managed to persuade the principal of RADA to give me a special audition before I went to university - just so he could tell me if I was wasting my time. He said, 'Do your university thing, but come back, we'd be really interested.' As it happened I didn't go to drama school after university because I was so impossibly old by then - I just thought, 'For God's sake get on with it.' I did a one man show and got my Equity card, and that was that.