Exclusive quickfire Q&A: Noel Clarke talks career and industry

In our latest exclusive interview for our blog, we have pinned down the busy actor Noel Clarke for a quickfire Q&A about his successful career to date and how skilled crew within the film industry is so important.

Noel himself is homegrown talent, having plenty of strings to his bow that include screenwriting, directing and acting on stage as well as the big and small screen. He has become a household name after roles in the BBC’s Doctor Who, Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013, and more recently as a detective in ITV’s drama Chasing Shadows. He also wrote the 2006 movie Kidulthood and has many more writing credits.

Can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on right now?
I’m in post production on a movie which I produced with the team called Scottish Mussel, and I’m about to head to Holland for another movie recce and Chicago for something else.

What do you love most working on – TV or film?
I love them both, and theatre. It’s my job. I don’t do this for the money, I do it because I love it all. There isn’t anything I love per se about being on TV and in film. It’s just what I want to do.

What’s the biggest difference about working between working in theatre, TV and film?
The craft is the craft and you should be able to feel it during any performance, but theatre is where the audience can react and then and you can feel that back. On stage performance can change every show because of any number of factors and that can make you feel alive.

Do you think it makes a difference when working with a very strong crew?
A strong crew is important. They work so hard. Many times harder than the people in front of the camera and barely get the recognition for it that others do, but without a strong crew the process of making a show would be even harder than it already is.

What do you class as your biggest achievement in your career?
I’m happy and grateful for the whole thing. I don’t think there is a single achievement that defines me or what I do. I’m proud of it all. Even the things others may think were mistakes.

Which job have you enjoyed the most, and why?
I enjoy them all but Star Trek was special. Four months in LA with my family – all good.

From a filmmaking point of view, do you think it is beneficial to have homegrown talent within a crew?
Of course. Homegrown crew will help build the industry and that will only be a good thing.

Do you have any exciting projects coming up?
Yes loads, but I can’t tell you about them!

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