Conor Medlock – Actor
Conor Medlock is a 24-year-old Northern actor from the Wirral, Northwest. With previous work including The Great Gatsby (Storyhouse), Ignition (Frantic Assembly), The Chester Mystery Plays (CMP Productions), Macbeth (Theatre Severn), The Tempest (Outdoor Shakespeare Company), The Ghost of Graves End (New work by Robert Farquhar ), Traces (BBC), Anthony (BBC), Anne (ITV), Tolkien (FOX), Midas Man (Studio POW), Slow Burn (Agile Films), Funny Woman (Sky Max), and current member of the National Youth Theatre (NYT).
His Acting journey began during his early teenage years, in which he studied Drama as part of his educational curriculum, as well as attending The Royal Court Youth Theatre. Seeking professional training and development he went on and studied short courses in Classical Shakespeare, Modern Contemporary, Stage and Screen Combat at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). Further learning opportunities arose as he was selected to be part of the Young Storyhouse Company (YSC) at Chester Storyhouse Theatre. A young
Repertory Theatre company designed to develop young actors into working professionals. This led to his professional stage debut in the production of The Great Gatsby.
When it comes to acting what about it do you enjoy?
“I think it’s the versatility, risk, and adrenaline that has attracted me to it and led me to want to do it professionally. To have the opportunity to stand on stage or in front of a camera, and tell a story, and be open and vulnerable to an audience of strangers, there’s no other feeling quite like it.”.
If you can describe that feeling before you go on stage, how does it feel?
“It’s an over arching sense of fear I think, theres that’s knot you get in the pit of your stomach, when you see how many people are watching. But if you take a moment to breath and direct your focus, you realise these people have paid to enjoy the show and have a good time, it’s then up-to us to give them one. And as soon as you take that first step on stage, your worries just disappear and the adrenaline kicks in.”
What are your future plans?
“I’m going to continue auditioning for work, but at the same time continue my training, as well as developing relationships with like minded industry professionals. It’s an ever-evolving industry, and I’m only just starting out in it. I try to keep ‘match ready’, constantly seeking new opportunities to practice my skills and extend my knowledge. But most importantly developing relationships, as from my experience, if you have previously worked with an actor, director, crew member and they’ve found you easy and a joy to work with, they are more inclined to want to work with you again or refer you to others”.
Do you have a favourite type of acting?
“I’d say I lean towards stage and screen more than anything else, but for stage I do love Shakespeare and and classical texts though, I think it’s the history that’s associated with each play, it’s great to lean into when you’re preparing for the role. When it come to screen work, I’m always drawn to period shows or dramas, the costumes are fantastic, and the sets are extraordinary, which helps build the world of that time period and you as the character.”