SCOTTISH actor Jamie Sives is making only the third stage appearance of his career in The Pride at the Crucible amid a host of screen roles. And one of his two previous theatrical forays was in Sheffield in Edward II opposite Joseph Fiennes.
“It’s the way it’s fallen rather than choosing a role in one discipline or the other,” says the man most recently seen on HBO’s medieval fantasy saga Game of Thrones .
Then he reflects: “I think I got spoiled,” referring to his Crucible debut. “It was a fantastic part in a great cast and the chance to work with Michael Grandage. Everyone came to see it. My second stage appearance was being directed by Richard Eyre at the Almeida. After those two I didn’t want to do anything else.
“Edward II kick started my career and led to a couple of telly jobs, so I have Sheffield to thank for that.”
Soon after he was taking the lead in a clutch of independent movies made in Scotland – Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, One Last Chance, A Woman in Winter and Hallam Foe.
“It was a short-lived period when Sigma Films and other producers were on a roll and got the funding to make all these films in Scotland,” says the actor who has nevertheless been based in London for the past 16 years.
But here he is back in Sheffield in The Pride, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play telling two parallel stories in 1958 and 2008. He plays Philip, in the first part a married man, who begins a gay love affair when he meets Oliver, played by Daniel Evans, and then his counterpart 50 years later.
“The attraction was doing a good play and to go one further – I have never played two characters in the space of a scene change before,” he says. “I have found it interesting and full of challenges.
“I have known Richard Wilson for a long time and I was with Daniel Evans in To the Ends of the Earth and The Passion, hanging out together in Morocco.”
There was one slight reservation Sives had about taking on The Pride. “My best mate, JJ Feild, played the part at the Royal Court and was absolutely brilliant in it. I’ve tried not to think about that.”
The Pride continues at the Crucible Studio until July 16.