David Holmes was a Gymnast and Stunt Performer. He began his Stunt career at the age of 14 on “Lost In Space” and for the following ten years he performed on many productions, including; Prince Of Persia, The Golden Compass and all eight Harry Potter films as the main Harry Potter Stunt Double. David qualified for the Stunt Register when he was 22 years old, then on January 28th 2009, at the age of 25 David was left paralysed after an accident on set whilst rehearsing a stunt.
It’s been over a decade since David’s accident and his love of stunts, the stunt community and movies has never wavered. In this Podcast Series, David hopes to highlight and pay tribute to the amazing work that our Stunt Coordinators and Performers do whilst on set in the name of entertainment.
Produced by David Holmes & Amy Stares
Episode 33 - Marc Mailley
Marc and David met many years ago and became friends immediately. They trained for the Stunt Register together and share many happy memories. In his interview Marc shares how he became a Stunt Performer and his progression to Head Rigger, then Stunt Coordinator, he also talks about some of the jobs he’s been involved with in more detail, some of the Actors who have impressed him and the job he wished he’d said no to! Marc has an incredible credit list including: The Harry Potter films, Bond, Star Wars, Fantastic Beasts, Pan and Golden Compass to name a few. We hope you enjoy.
Episode 32 - Annabel Wood
Annabel started as a Fashion student and has ended up as a Stunt Performer. Since qualifying Annabel has doubled many leading ladies and performed on some amazing films including Wonder Woman, Game Of Thones, Star Wars and Bond. In her interview Annabel tells us about her journey to becoming a Stunt Performer, what she loves about performing stunts, some stunts she’s performed and some she hopes to perform in the future. We hope you enjoy.
Episode 31 - Greg Powell
Greg has been involved in the Stunt Industry since 1967. He was introduced to the Industry through his Father, Nosher and Uncle Dinny and in his interview Greg shares some of his memories working alongside them as well as memories and experiences from other jobs since. Greg has an epic credit list including, The Bond Films, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Lord Of The Rings, Hitman’s Bodyguard, Fast and the Furious, Avengers, Superman, Indian Jones and obviously Lost In Space and Harry Potter, which is where David first met Greg and spent many years together on set. We hope you enjoy.
Episode 30 - Paul Herbert
Paul has been performing stunts since the early 90’s and since then has gone on to becoming a successful Stunt Coordinator, his credits include: Bond, Fifth Element, Game Of Thrones, Band Of Brothers, and Johnny English to name a few. In his interview, Paul talks about some of most challenging Stunts he has performed, including his fire jobs and performance on Titanic. He also explains the procedure of being set on fire and how to go about running someone over safely with a tank! We hope you enjoy.
Episode 29 - Lewis Young
Lewis has been performing stunts for over 10 years and his introduction was performing as a Snatcher on Harry Potter, running through the forest after Dan, Rupert and Emma! Lewis has become a successful stunt performer and has appeared in Game of Thones, Batman, Star Wars, Kingsman and many more. In his interview Lewis tells us of that journey and some of his experiences along the way, we also discuss race within the stunt department and when “blacking up” is necessary for safety. Finally, we also touch on a very emotional time in Lewis’ life, when him and David actually met, when his younger bother Jay was injured. We hope you enjoy. Quick note: There is a little swearing throughout the interview, so I apologise in advance for this.
Episode 28 - Kim McGarrity
Kim is most definitely one of our toughest, bravest stunt performers. Kim has worked on many productions over the years, including Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Thor, Gravity, Hot Fuzz and Stardust and has some performed many incredible stunts. In her interview Kim tells us about some of those stunts, including how to approach getting hit by a motorbike and how to ride along on the back of a Bull whilst shooting a gun! We hope you enjoy.
What a brilliant interview, I found this podcast today and I’m blasting through it. The Brian Nickels episode what the episode I knew I’d be an extremely long time listener for as long as it’s going.
Such a wonderful tribute to the stunt performers that help make theater and film great. Bravo.
I’m really enjoying this. Always an interesting and lively discussion. I can feel how passionate everyone is about their craft. The performers all seem like very lovely people—good stories, real heart, such fun!
I found these interviews fascinating and easy to follow even for the uninitiated. It’s so nice to hear about stunt work from folks in the industry, not just on DVD extras. Really enjoying these and hope you plan on making more. 👏