Gordon Kennedy

Gordon Kennedy


2/22/1958, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Gordon Kennedy was born on February 22, 1958 in Scotland, United Kingdom. He rose in the sketch show Absolutely and presented the National Lottery Show. He has appeared in several dramas including: Red Capp, River City, and Robin Hood.


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    • Gordon Kennedy:(About filming in Budapest) The Caledonia is one of my favourite haunts and stops me being homesick when I'm in Budapest filming for six months at a time.It was surreal when I walked into the bar for the first time and realised they had Belhaven on tap, which is brewed just a few miles down the road from where I grew up in Tranent, East Lothian.I thought, 'Wahey, I've hit the jackpot'. Especially when I saw there was haggis on the menu.

    • Gordon Kennedy: I don't mind keeping my hair long as it is cheaper than having a mid-life crisis and buying a Ferrari but I don't like the beard. I had my last shave for eight months yesterday. It feels like an invasion of my facial space. I hate it.

    • Gordon Kennedy: The production company, we're still making comedies, working on a couple of things for BBC Scotland, and hopefully making something for ITV later in the year, and developing dramas. I've never seen the difference between performing and producing. It's all about the script and development and in terms of acting, it's trying to convince somebody you're a commissionaire, convince somebody you're a grieving father…the processes are exactly the same. You've got to convince people that you're someone that you're not. I've never seen the difference, and I never will, I'm afraid.

    • Gordon Kennedy: I loved working on "The Russ Abbott Show!" It was a very steep learning curve, and I used to keep bumping into the sets. I was far too big for the show. When it came to "Absolutely", I made sure they made an extra six-inch gap to get my shoulders through the doorway. I loved it. It was great fun, and a fantastic first experience. To work with somebody like him, who these days is not as active in the comedy acting stakes as he was then, was hugely beneficial to me, because he was very very very good at what he did. And much under-rated, I think. Had he been American, I think he would have been much more of a Steve Martin at the height of his powers, rather than an end-of-pier show. I don't think he regrets anything, and he's a nice man.

    • Gordon Kennedy: I don't think there ever is a particular era for comedy. I think every era has its triumphs and its abject failures. I'm sure there were a lot of completely crap shows around at the time – in fact I know there were, though I'm certainly not going to mention them now. And then there are fantastic shows. History always concertinas the space between these things, but there are always great shows, The golden age of sitcoms is talked about, and the same with sketch shows, but look at stuff like Mighty Boosh right now, and other shows, and it's fantastic. It's clever and it's inventive, and they're doing that in the modern world, where they're sat upon by a whole number of marketing people, branding people, channel people, executives…and they're still able to come out with that amount of originality, which is extraordinary in a way. So I think every age will have its peculiarities and its triumphs and its failures…

    • Gordon Kennedy: (About Absolutely) We were watching the DVDs for the commentaries, and also we did a thing for The Times last week, watching the show at random. There was a sketch that came on and we all just looked at each other blankly – including the person who wrote and performed it! [laughs] We didn't remember it at all. And then it went on and we went 'Oh, yeah, I kind of remember…'. This journalist thought he was dealing with Alzheimer's victims. But it is very weird, because there are so many sketches, and you watch yourself doing something you have no recollection of doing…it's slightly disorientating.

    • Gordon Kennedy:(About "Monty Python's influence on "Absolutely") Everyone's influenced by something and we were certainly influenced by Python, but I personally was also influenced by Python and Morecambe and Wise, Stanley Baxter, all that sort of stuff that was around back when I was growing up and helped to develop my sense of humour, I guess. I think people are very quick to draw the line with Python, which I can see because it's more overt, and it was very much as eclectic and of itself as Absolutely was, but I think we were influenced by things a lot wider than that as well.

    • Gordon Kennedy: (About Absolutely) There was a post-mortem at the end of every season! We always looked to improve the show – all on our terms, obviously. The first series gave us an extraordinary amount of control, and therefore it was up to us to look back and see what we thought we'd done right and what we'd done wrong. I think that by series two and three, the thing was absolutely fine, because we knew what we were good at, what we wanted to concentrate on and what worked for us. And then we'd push it with new characters and new ideas.

    • Gordon Kennedy: (About Absolutely) We wrote what we thought was funny and then we performed it, and we sank or swam based on our own judgement. We were lucky enough to have a good voice at the time and we worked very hard at the scripts so they were good

    • Gordon Kennedy: (About Absolutely) I think it probably did influence things, and certainly people like the League of Gentlemen have always said that they really liked the darkness of the show. It was obviously influenced by other comedy shows but it's still very much of its own type, and there hasn't really been a show like it before or since. It stands there in its own dark, weird, slightly challenged little world.

    • Gordon Kennedy: My own children found old videos of Absolutely a few years ago, and once they'd gotten over the shock of their dad actually being quite funny as opposed to old and grumpy, they really enjoyed the show.

    • Gordon Kennedy: I absolutely loved River City, it's like altitude training in acting, it's so quick and intense. I learned an awful lot doing that, I came out of it a lot better at what I do. The atmosphere was fantastic and it was a pleasure turning up for work, which makes such a difference.

    • Gordon Kennedy: The only time I hear from America about my work is when people I haven't heard from for years turn on BBC America and phone to say they've gone 3000 miles but still can't escape me. But I'd love to work in America. Maybe if we do another series I'll go out there.

  • pertty good actor

    I have only seen Gordon Kennedy in Robin Hood as Little John and he has impressed me. He definately has the quiet giant down. He does a great job portraying Little John and he does well with the fighting scenes with his huge staff. He seems generally pretty talented, but he's not the best. He has also played in some Scottish soap operas and shows like that, which is pretty sad, but he had to start somewhere. I really think he has the potential to be in some big movies, but for now, he does well as Little John in Robin Hood.moreless