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Finding Meaning in the Meaningless with James Cosmo

Known for his larger than life rugged and robust characters from Game of Thrones, Troy, Trainspotting, Highlander and Braveheart (and not forgetting the most convincing Father Christmas ever, in The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe!), James Cosmo is an enormously successful, yet humble actor.

Even though he has endured hardship, including sleeping rough on the streets of London, his attitude to adversity is admirable, viewing any struggle as a beneficial challenge to overcome and learn from.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How homelessness didn’t break his spirit or desire to succeed.
  • The importance of ‘meaningless’ work.
  • Why acting still terrifies him.
  • Why he’d love to play a romantic lead.
  • How his role in The Pyramid Texts was his most daunting acting experience ever.
  • Why he supports Lion Aid & Street Child Africa.

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Episode resources:

And Yet: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

Gore Vidal

The Pyramid Texts by Geoff Thompson

The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne

Street Child Africa


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One Comment

  1. Kevin

    Thoroughly enjoyable listen, loved the bit about him missing out on romantic roles.

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