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Low-budget bit-part actor now seeking leading role.

MICHAEL Gove once played a vicar in a slapstick comedy film starring Christopher Lee.

He had a featured part in the 1995 low-budget British romp A Feast At Midnight.

Gove appears as a boardingschool chaplain who is seen looking smug in the staffroom and praying for a teacher hit in the groin by a cricket ball.

He says only one word in the entire film - and "Amen" after the head says grace.

Most of the rest of his takes ended up on the cutting room floor. It was his first - and probably last - bid for stardom.

Gove grabbed the part through a film-making friend he met at Oxford University.

At the time he was working as a journalist in Scotland. He went on to The Times before being elected an MP 2005.

Gove has also had a shot at stand-up comedy. In 1992 he presented a satirical Channel 4 series called A Stab In The Dark.

Co-presenter David Baddiel recalls: "He looked the same then - like a precocious child impersonating a big important grown-up. We weren't mates."


EYE-EYE Gove as chaplain

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2016
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