The Meaning of Life

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The Meaning of Life


Byline: DEANY JUDD

Veteran actor and Heartbeat star DEREK FOWLDS tells DEANY JUDD why luck has played such a big part in his life

Life's like that

My philosophy in life stems from my experience as an actor, and it is that luck will get you there and talent will keep you there. I've been an actor for 44 years and it's a job in which you need a lot of luck to survive.

I've been lucky enough to have worked consistently through the years, but I do know that it's a very tough choice of career.

You can create your own luck, but being in the right place at the right time is also crucial.

Right place, right time

Biggest influence I think it's very important to see everything you do as an opportunity to better yourself. Doing my National Service in Malta, I met an officer who was hugely influential in my life. Until then I'd acted only as a hobby. He recognised my talent as an actor and coached me for my RADA examination. …

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