Leslie writer’s tribute to Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee

A Leslie writer has told the Gazette of his sadness following news that renowned actor Christopher Lee had passed away.

The actor, famous for his many horror films and for his role in the Star Wars movies, died on June 7, aged 93.

Leslie-based playwright and former actor Michael Kelly worked alongside Mr Lee on the hit 1997 television production of Ivanhoe, originally broadcast by the BBC.

“I was saddened to hear of his death, he was one of the truly great actors,” Mr Kelly told the Gazette.

“I was a young actor working on the Ivanhoe mini-series and worked with him for around three or four weeks, he was very down-to-earth and seemed to be a genuinely nice man,” he added.

Mr Kelly, who has appeared in a number of films and television series including Braveheart, Taggart and Monarch of the Glen, recently tasted success when his stage play – And All Because The Ladies Love A Right Guid Gab – produced by Des Dillon, played to sell out audiences across Scotland.

“There can’t be many people who grew up in the sixties and seventies who haven’t been scared by Christopher Lee at some point in their life,” Mr Kelly added.

“Those Hammer Horrors with him playing Dracula were constantly being shown on television when I was a kid and scared the living daylights out of me.

“It was an honour to have worked, albeit very briefly with him, he was a legend.”