“I always knew I wanted to be an actor, but I didn’t expect to get this far,” he admits. “To be honest, I was destined to become a plumber like my father, and as a child I remember thinking, ‘If I get as far as London, I will be lucky.’ I never left Scotland until I was 20 years old. That’s how sheltered I was, so to be here is pretty remarkable.”
A little like his character Tommy’s dabbling with drugs in Trainspotting, McKidd never intended to try directing, but having unexpectedly tried life in the director’s chair on Grey’s Anatomy recently, he’s hooked.
“Directing was a very interesting learning curve for me and it’s something I’d love to do again,” he recalls. “It was a little overwhelming at the start and I spent a lot of time holding my hair and thinking, ‘I’m going to lose it.’ However, I really enjoyed it.”
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