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Byline: Marion McMullen

A PHOTOGRAPH of his actor father Roy Kinnear proudly hangs on the walls of the Dirty Duck pub in Stratford.

It was one of the first things Rory Kinnear saw when he arrived in Stratford to start work at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He was just 10 years old when his father died in a riding accident during the filming of The Return of the Musketeers and he simply describes his dad as "his hero".

He says: "I was very young when he died and he was still very much the hero figure in my life. I love hearing stories about him and the last couple of years I have been working with a lot of professional actors who knew him. I've heard new stories I've never come across before but, best of all, everyone speaks warmly of him.

"It's great to rekindle his memory in other people. A lot of people have strong memories of my dad and I love hearing all the old tales.

"Someone even showed me a photograph of when he was in Stratford playing Baptista in Taming of the Shrew."

Acting talent certainly runs in the family. Rory says his mum, actress Carmel Cryan, knew he was destined to become an actor when he appeared in Peter and the Wolf playing a sheep when he was five years old.

However, he went to Oxford first to study English literature before going to drama school. He still managed to act at university as well though and even went to Japan with a production of Taming of the Shrew.

Now he is appearing in Stratford in the same play and its spin-off The Tamer Tamed. He also shortly opens at the Swan Theatre in Cymbeline.

"I'd never been to Stratford before so it's all new," says Rory. "I quite like hard work and it's been busy. It doesn't leave time for much more. The biggest question in my life at the moment is how many lengths to swim at the pool."

His mum and casting agent sister have already been to see him and he swears they are his fiercest critics.

"They're smiling assassins," grins Rory. "They arrive with pens and paper and they can be brutal. I think I got off lightly this time. They liked the productions."

The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed runs until November 8. Cymbeline previews at the Swan Theatre in Stratford from July 30. Tickets from 0870 609 1110.


LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Rory Kinnear (above) is starring in The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed in Stratford and (left) his late father Roy whose acting talent has helped to inspire Rory to take to the stage
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 11, 2003
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