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"Known as the accidental actor, Portadown man Glenn Speers had a succession of jobs before finding his vocation. He tells Ivan Little how he fell in love along the way - and what it's like mixing with James Nesbitt, Rod Stewart and Russell Crowe.

 

A Portadown actor who's about to star in a new play on Broadway about the Troubles has revealed that he once quit a job as a pub bouncer in Lisburn after receiving a loyalist death threat. Former amateur boxer Glenn Speers, who's now 51, was warned by police that his life was in danger after he turned paramilitaries away from the Lisburn bar where he was working in the Nineties..."

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The Accidental ActorEtc Magazine, August 2015

"Treading the boards in a West End show is a long way from selling kitchens or even being a delivery driver, but it's the incredible career change that a Portadown man-made - albeit at the age of 40..."

 

Etc Magazine in Northern Ireland interviews Glenn on the road he took to acting, his experience in getting a role in The Commitments, and his uncanny success.

 

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"Two former Portadown College pupils who left the school almost 20 years apart have ended up treading the boards in the same West End show.

 

Glenn Speers (48) and Ryan Gibb (28) are both starring in The Commitments, based on Irish author Roddy Doyle’s best-selling novel and subsequent film."

 

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