Arts Q&A: Actor Gerard Kearns on Eminem, Michael Jackson and George Orwell

Jenny Lee puts performers and artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week, actor Gerard Kearns, best known for his roles as Ian Gallagher in Shameless

1. When did you think about a career in acting and what were your first steps into it? When I was about 14 or 15. There was a boy in my year at school who had done adverts for TV, so I got the number of the acting school he went to and auditioned for the class.


2. Best gigs you’ve been to? American rapper Eminem at the Manchester Nynex Arena, Aussie rock band Jet at Manchester's Academy 2 and Oldham Tinkers at Bolton Octagon.


3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band? Michael Jackson.

4. The record you’d take to a desert island? The Lark by folk group Oldham Tinkers.


5. And the book? A really good survival guide for desert islands.

6. Top three films? I will go for classic films Back to the Future, Jaws, and Empire of the Sun.


7. Worst film you’ve seen? Can't think of any.

8. Favourite authors? George Orwell, Charles Dickens and Roald Dahl.


9. Sports you most enjoy and top teams? I like the discipline and the training boxing gives you. I also like football and tennis.


10. Ideal holiday destination? I would love to go to Costa Rica in Central America.

11. Pet hate? No 'thank you wave' when you are driving and let someone out in front of you, or similar kind gesture.


12. What’s your favourite:

Dinner? Any pasta dish.

Dessert? It would have to have chocolate in it.

Drink? Red wine with a meal, or a nice beer without.

13. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other? My mates from primary school and home. We still all meet up throughout the year to go camping and walking and sit round a fire with a beer chatting.


14. Is there a God? Yes.


:: Gerard Kearns was born was born in the north west of England, though his family hail from Dublin. He is currently appearing in Lizzie Nunnery’s new play To Have To Shoot Irishmen which is at the Omnibus Theatre in London until October 20 and at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre from October 25-27 as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival. The play was inspired by the events of The Easter Rising, in particular the murder of Francis Sheehy Skeffington by a British army officer in Dublin in 1916. For more info visit

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