Ryan lands role after taking urn to audition

Fife College student Ryan Gerrard from East Wemyss who is the lead in the new film James and the Urn

Fife College student Ryan Gerrard from East Wemyss who is the lead in the new film James and the Urn

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A Fife College drama student from East Wemyss has landed a coveted role, following the death of his beloved grandad.

And Ryan Gerrard was able to impress the producers with real emotion after his family gave him permission to take his grandad’s urn to the audition.

Ryan’s appearance in the film ‘James and the Urn’, which was screened in Edinburgh on Monday, is a screen debut for the 18- year-old, who is studying HND Acting and Performance.

‘James and the Urn’, written and directed by Louis Clark, tells the story of a young boy who finds the body of his gran on her living room floor. Forced to attend the wake, he becomes increasingly distressed as he realises that everyone there has already moved on. In an attempt to keep his gran’s memory alive, he steals her urn and takes it back to her favourite place.

Ryan, who has already had extra parts in River City and Waterloo Road, said: “My grandad passed away last September – I was close to him and know he would be pleased that he had helped me to secure the part.

“My lecturers at college teach us how to recall real life situations to create emotions on stage and camera and because I could relate so easily to the character it was easy to portray the emotion required. It is a sad film but also very thought provoking.”

Ryan hopes to pursue his acting career at Edinburgh Napier University.