Is Kenny the first Cromore actor?

A Southlochs man’s first major film role has premiered in Fort William just in time for Christmas.

Friday, 27th November 2020, 8:40 am
Is Kenny Boyle the first Cromore boy to hit the big screen?

Kenny Boyle, 36, from Cromore believes he may have broken a record – not only as the first actor from the village but the only one to have survived filming in Glencoe in January!

Kenny was happy to chat with the Gazette about his life. “Before I was school age my parents both got jobs as teachers in Glasgow, meaning we led a sort of duel faceted life and were in Glasgow during term time and returned to Lewis whenever they weren’t at work.

“My mum lived in the school house in Gravir growing up and my grandfather was Kenneth MacLeod the headmaster there – who I’m named after.”

Kenny studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated with a masters in classical and contemporary acting in 2014.

The movie, ‘‘Lost At Christmas’’, was initially a short film he was cast in after the director saw a play he’d been in. It won awards and off the back of its success the director decided he would like to make a feature length version.

Kenny continued: “I jumped at the chance to do it when he asked me – particularly as it involved working with Scottish acting royalty like Sylvester McCoy, Clare Grogan and Sanjeev Kohli.

“When I was young we didn’t have a cinema on the island and the idea of being in a film that would be in a cinema seemed so out of reach and impossible.

“It means a great deal to me playing the lead and the memory of that little boy I once was, sitting on a croft in Cromore dreaming of being an actor one day.

“We filmed the movie in January in Glencoe and it was very cold. I know it’s ridiculous for me to complain about weather when we get our fair share of it here but at least here we can wrap up for the weather whereas co-star Natalie Clark and I were confined to our woefully under-insulated costumes.

Kenny said: “This film is in many ways about what’s happening today with people being isolated and unable to be with the ones we love.”