Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mamma Mia, Here He Goes Again; Interview Mamma Mia! Actor Gary Watson Just Can't Believe His Luck, as Gordon Barr Finds Out

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mamma Mia, Here He Goes Again; Interview Mamma Mia! Actor Gary Watson Just Can't Believe His Luck, as Gordon Barr Finds Out

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ACTOR Gary Watson gets standing ovations as he wows thousands of people every night in the hit musical Mamma Mia!

He feels amazing as he comes off stage - yet no rounds of ovations and cheers can ever compare to what happened to him backstage after one of his previous shows.

A real-life Billy Elliot, North East born and bred Gary had just performed as Marius in Les Miserables in London's West End.

In the audience was his father Phil, who despite supporting Gary all the way, did have worries about the instabilities of a career in acting.

"I did quite well at school," recalls Gary. "When I decided I wanted to act and sing, I got the chat from my dad.

He told me if it was really what I wanted to do, then I should do it but be aware of the pitfalls.

"It was like Billy Elliot, I would have to move to London and sometimes, that just seemed so out of reach. At the time it was such a big thing.

"I always remember my dad, when he came to see Les Mis. He had seen me in Cats and Saturday Night Fever and enjoyed them. But it was Les Mis that did it for him.

"It was one of those great moments, he just said he was so proud of me and was so pleased I had done it. I felt incredible then. He completely supports me. " Since then Gary has landed a leading part in the international tour of the world's biggest musical, Mamma Mia!, which comes to Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena in December for a four-week run.

Now 24, he grew up in Plains Farm, Sunderland, where he attended Diamond Hall primary school and then Thornhill, where he took drama lessons. His father Phil is a logistics manager, while mum Maureen is a nurse .

Gary also did drama at the Kathleen Davis Centre in Sunderland, then Newcastle College and finally Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey.

He still has to pinch himself that, three years into his profession career, he is playing Sky in Mamma Mia!, in a show that is taking him all over the world.

At present he is touring the cities of Europe, and having joined the show in November last year, says he is still getting used to the atmosphere each night.

"You come out buzzing. …

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