Fast track to romance

Kirkcaldy actor Michael Howell who recently starred in his first film 'Fast Romance'
Kirkcaldy actor Michael Howell who recently starred in his first film 'Fast Romance'

FORMER Kirkcaldy man Michael Howell went speed dating and ended up with more than he bargained for...

He was one of seven actors whose lives become intertwined after the experience - as part of the plot in a new Scottish film, ‘Fast Romance’, which premiered in Glasgow last weekend.

Michael has been used to treading the boards for the past 15 years or so, but this is the first time he has appeared in front of the film cameras.

The 35-year-old, who attended Dunnikier Primary and Balwearie High, really enjoyed the experience.

Romantic comedy

“This was my first film and it was a good set and cast. ‘Fast Romance’ is a romantic comedy set in Glasgow and I play the part of Elliott,” he said.

“What’s good is that it isn’t the usual type of film set in Glasgow which is about drugs.

“It was also made with a very small budget of just £41,000.”

Michael has been acting for the past 15 years and now works full-time as a lecturer at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Young age

He got into performing at a young age and was involved with Kirkcaldy Youth Music Theatre as well as Kirkcaldy Amateur Operatic Society.

When he was 20 years old he studied a post-graduate course in musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Michael says he can still take time off work to pursue acting roles.

“I love my job and the profession I have chosen can be very precarious, so I am lucky to have that security.

“I don’t have any aspirations and I have had a good career, but you don’t know what might happen in the future.”

‘Fast Romance’ is on release at selected Cineworlds in Scotland until tomorrow (Friday).