Leo Flanagan: "Acting's Always Been A Part Of My Life"
Interview by Carl Marsh July 2015
So acting then, how did you fall into this career choice, was it through drama college, or perhaps just amateur dramatics?
Acting’s always been a part of my life, but I think I was about 13 when I first joined a youth theatre in Bury and things spiralled on from there really!
Obviously Waterloo Road and the character Floyd Westbrook are where most will know you from, but what next will we be seeing you as?
Well I’m still finding opportunities to refine my skills as an actor, so I will be joining the National Youth Theatre this August to continue training. There are also a few roles I can’t 100% confirm just yet but I will be, for now, sticking to the stage! (Although I will be making a fleeting appearance in the new series of ‘Fresh Meat’.)
What was it like being apart of the Waterloo Road family? And as an actor, you must be able to tell me a funny tale to do with yourself?
It was quite odd as I spent a lot of my own school days as an extra for Waterloo Road when it filmed in Rochdale, so joining as a series regular felt like things had come full circle! As I am a bit of a science fiction geek, there was one weekend I spent in London at a Doctor Who convention, cool right?, but I had to be back in Glasgow on the Sunday morning to film. Long story short, I missed my flight, had to get a coach from London to Glasgow over night, and arrived at the school just in time to start filming, with the producers none the wiser! (They’re not going to see this, are they?!?)
A good friend of yours, Sammy Oliver mentioned recently that you have been getting into reading books more, so what type of books are you into, and why?
I’ve always loved reading! Mainly I like to read fantasy stories, the more detailed the better! I love when authors create entire worlds and I can completely lose myself in these worlds, I’m a massive fan of George RR Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ for this reason!
Inspiring that you are, why should people read more books then?
I feel people who don’t read books are missing out on an art-form with endless possibilities. There are no restrictions on where you can go, or on what you can see and feel. This being the case, I see no reason why people wouldn’t want to read!
With each day, I guess we all need motivating but what motivates you each day, what gets you out of bed each morning?
If I was being deep and emotional, I would say my friends, girlfriend, family and job but if I was being honest, breakfast.
What makes you angry?
Flipping the question, so what makes you happy?
Game night with friends at Sammy Oliver’s.
If you could plan your perfect ideal night out, what would it be, and who would you get involved in it?
It’d be with all my mates and we’d start in a bar in Manchester called Font, fill up on £2 cocktails, head over to a dirty rock club, spend a few hours tearing up the dance floor, then end the night at a Chinese karaoke bar singing show tunes and rapping Eminem.
Last questions is this, if you were an animal, what would it be, and why?
I'm taking some creative liberties with the question and I would say an alien, specifically a free ‘Ood’ from Doctor Who, as they seem to live such peaceful and tranquil lives!