Lesley Mackie

Leslie Mackie

Left Hawkhill Primary school and headed for the Harris in 1963, where I spent six very happy years, ending up as School Captain in 1969 alongside Boys Captain Donald Findlay, who has certainly gone on to greater things. A highlight was partnering Donald and winning the Inter-Schools Debating Competition - a trophy which still has pride of place. Great mentoring was given by history teacher Mr Macrae.

Went to the Royal Academy of Music and Drama for three years, and have been a professional actress since 1972 – not always fully employed of course. One thing I didn't realise as I trained in Glasgow was that what I was preparing for was essentially a part-time job! Only around 2% manage to stay in full employment. The business has always been a lottery – more so now with the cult of celebrity when so many are after their few minutes of fame.

Over the years I have worked in all mediums – even a tiny part in the cult film 'The Wicker Man', also singing the opening song as the credits roll. However, my main love has always been the theatre, ever since I stepped onto the stage of the old Nicholl Street Rep in Dundee. I was playing 'Little Little Red Riding Hood' in their Christmas show, and even at that tender age, I got a glimpse of another world and I always wanted to be part of it.

Highlight of my career was winning a Laurence Olivier Award in 1986 for my portrayal of Judy Garland in the musical play, 'Judy' (written by my husband) at the Strand Theatre, and which subsequently toured Scotland in 1991. Other highlights have been playing Edith Piaf in 'Piaf' in four separate productions. 'Shirley Valentine' is another favourite role.

Alongside my work in the theatre, I have recorded around sixty audio books over the past ten years.

Met Terry Wale at Perth Rep during a production of ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ in 1974, and we got married in Dundee back in 1977. Still married, with two children – Katy, 18, already a drama student, and Ollie 13, who I am trying to discourage from entering this oh so overcrowded business. I whisper in his ear when he is asleep 'Oliver Wale, QC, Oliver Wale, QC', but don't know if it will work.

Currently touring in 'The Vagina Monologues', which is proving to be a surprising delight.