10 episodes

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

Cunning Stunts, A Podcast Series Ripple Productions

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

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 15 - Vic Armstrong

    Episode 15 - Vic Armstrong

    Get ready to hear some Movie Memory Magic, including tales about Superman, Indian Jones, Spielberg, Scorsese, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Harrison Ford. Vic once dreamed of becoming a Jockey, one day he took a job riding a horse on a Film Set and since then he has performed on some of the most iconic films of all times and also become a successful 2nd Unit Director and Director. We hope you enjoy.

    • 37 min
    Episode 14 - Nina Armstrong

    Episode 14 - Nina Armstrong

    Nina, like her Mother was born into a Stunt family and in her interview she tells us what it was like growing up with Stunt rehearsals happening in the back garden, travelling to locations around the world whilst her parents worked and eventually her natural transition into Stunts. Nina has had an amazing career that began at a very young age, her credits include Bonds, Game Of Thones, Mission and many more. She also tells her what it was like becoming a Stunt Mum, and how the love of horses and riding continues to be passed down to another generation of Armstrong. We hope you enjoy.

    • 19 min
    Episode 13 - Wendy Armstrong

    Episode 13 - Wendy Armstrong

    Wendy was born into a Stunt Family and appeared on the back of a horse in her first film when she was just 8 years old. Wendy has had an amazing career and she still enjoys getting the pad bag out. Her career has included credits such as the Lois Lane Stunt Double in the Superman Films, Indian Jones, Bond, Omen and Wonder Woman. She also tells us what it was like bringing up her family whilst working and travelling and juggling the two lives. We hope you enjoy.

    • 15 min
    Episode 12 - Tolga Kenan

    Episode 12 - Tolga Kenan

    Tolga, started his career at 10 years old on the first Harry Potter, as the second Harry stunt double. Over the years he went on to double some of our other favourite Potter characters, including Neville Longbottom, in which he performs an epic flatback fall to the ground, it’s when Neville is frozen, you’ll hear all about it in his interview. Tolga has had an incredible career and since Harry Potter, as well as performing, he has also become a talented and established rigger, his credits include films such as, Bond, Star Wars, Paddington, Fantastic Beasts, Bourne, Pan and Maleficent. We hope you enjoy.

    • 27 min
    Episode 11 - Helen Bailey

    Episode 11 - Helen Bailey

    Helen has been performing stunts since 2006. She tells us how she trained in gymnastics and martial arts from a young age, studied martial arts in Japan and how eventually her path led her to become a stunt performer. Since then, Helen has gone on to double many leading ladies and talks about feeling the pressures of weight-loss to be the best stunt double, whilst maintaining a strong and healthy physique for the job. We hope you enjoy.

    • 23 min
    Episode 10 - David Garrick

    Episode 10 - David Garrick

    David was in the parachute regiment and solider for over a decade. His love for jumping out of airplanes continued when he became a stuntman, and he was part of the incredible stunt team that performed the opening sequence in Batman, Dark Knight Rises, which involved jumping out a Hercules Aircraft doing 130 knots at 13,000 feet. You will hear all about this in his interview as well as a very entertaining story involving a fight scene with Robert Downey Jr. David has an incredible list of credits including Bond, Batman, Reign Of Fire, Sherlock and Doc Martin, which is one of his favourite jobs and locations. We hope you enjoy.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Purple Opal ,

Terrific Podcast

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!

ShelbyIsaac ,

Delightful

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. 👏

Still lovin' the music ,

Fascinating!

What an interesting podcast highlighting the amazing stunt work industry. The personal stories and anecdotes give this podcast so much heart. I am learning a lot!

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