Friday’s Child - Gary Crossan

Gary Crossan.
Gary Crossan.

Gary Crossan is a 24 year-old actor and director from Derry. Most recently Gary appeared in a two month run of She Stoops to Conquer in Ireland’s National theatre, The Abbey Theatre, Dublin. He has also recently been cast in upcoming ITV show Frankenstein. Gary’s directorial debut was in the Playhouse Theatre in 2010 where he directed a sold-out run of The History Boys. Gary went on to direct The Man Who by Seamus Collins in the MAC, Belfast in 2012. Gary is now looking forward to returning to a directorial role, assistant-directing Denizen with Dave Duggan in Derry’s Rath Mor Centre on March 30 and 31 and the Courthouse from April 6 to 8. Tickets from

How would you describe yourself?

Hardworking, easy going and very talkative.

Happiest childhood memory?

The freedom of Summer - no school, endless water balloon fights and adventures on my bike.

What was your first job?

Washing around 200 pizza pans on a Saturday morning in Leonardo’s for only £20!

Favourite book?

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Favourite film?

Total Recall. The original one with Arnie. Any classic 80/90’s Sci-Fi really.

Favourite television programme?

I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who.

Favourite expression?

When Derry people say “Nah I’m lying to you, hi” when they make a mistake in the story they are telling. I think it’s hilarious.

Favourite method of relaxation?

A quiet pint with friends.

Favourite holiday destination?

Anywhere in Donegal - I love Downings.

Who would you most like to meet?

David Tennant - I missed the opportunity when he was in Derry filming ‘Who Do You Think You Are?” a few years ago and it still haunts me.

What makes you angry?

The lack of funding the arts sector receives.

What makes you happy?

Spending time with family and friends.

What human quality do you most admire?


What human quality do you least admire?


What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?

During a school assembly I was playing the Clarinet and my reed broke and squeaked numerous times. I just kept on playing, which was certainly a mistake in hindsight.

What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?

Thankfully nothing too bad has happened me.

What is your greatest fear?

Heights - absolutely terrified of them! That and going bald!

What has been the high point of your life to date?

The last four months have been pretty special - I got the opportunity to perform in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and I become a God Father for the first time.

How would you like to be remembered?

Someone who worked hard and made a difference to the Creative Industries.

What is your most treasured possession?

I’m only 24 years old, I don’t really have anything worth more than £100!

If you won the lotto what would you do with it?

Go on a massive holiday with my friends and buy an old building and transform it into a theatre where new emerging companies could perform without having to worry about money.

If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?

To be able to play any musical instrument.

If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?

Gary Crossan, he was good craic, wasn’t he?