I was born in Armley, Leeds and we moved down to London when I was aged 6 where I grew up in the east-end. The other children in school kept asking me if I was from Scotland, because my accent was northern. I remember the exact moment when I suddenly started speaking like them, the way an actor would fit into his role. This resulted in me growing up with an accent best described as chimney-sweep.
On leaving school I was in a rock band for a while but stardom was elusive. I did a couple of years in the building trade and then spent a year farming on a Kibbutz in Israel and travelling in the Middle East. On my return I worked in retail and made some short films, then ended up in the BBC as a video editor on News24. I started studying after picking up a library book called Criminal Law and reading it from cover to cover as if it was a Harry Potter yarn. From here I self-educated to become professionally qualified in law.
I’ve always been on the fringes of socialist politics, but when Galloway removed Oona and promised to do the same to the council I became involved. The Bow wards were Lib Dem territory. I created the campaign, “Vote for us or get George!” In May ‘06 we took all of Bow amd although Respect won 11 seats in Bethnal Green, due to our mini-landslide the council kept the Labour majority by a whopping margin of 1.
Today, I make my living as a photographer: www.danmccurry.co.uk
Recent films: www.youtube.com/danmccurry