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“In my role as Darth Vader I felt as if the Dark Side of the Force had possessed me”

  • Spencer Wilding is a multi-faceted Welsh actor who has given life to some of television and film's most iconic characters

Spencer Wilding has appeared in some form in many of the most popular films and TVseries today, including ‘Star Wars’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Doctor Who’, amongst others. The multi-faceted Welsh actor, who stands at over two metres tall, has specialised in giving life to film’s strangest characters, with his most recent role being Darth Vader on the big screen.

SUR spoke to him. “I never went to theatre school, I learnt to act from life experience. I started to box and kick box, winning big titles, and thanks to that I made the leap to cinema.”

How did it feel playing one of the most charismatic villains in cinema history?

When I stepped out onto the film set, I felt the Dark Side of the Force take control of me. Although my role in the film was small, I realised that I was Darth Vader, not Spencer Wilding playing the Lord. The character chooses you, not the other way round.

- Of all the characters that you’ve played, which one felt the most natural?

- I probably identified most with the character of Mason in ‘Green Street 3’. It’s a fim about football hooligans.The film reminded me of my time practising martial arts.

- Across your career, which role has been your favourite?

- I enjoy playing monsters like Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man in Harry Potter, the Yeti and all of my roles in Game of Thrones.It’s difficult to choose one, as you identify with so many on a personal and spiritual level.