An Actor’s Life – A Short Story
By Duncan Whitehead
Text copyright (c) 2013 Duncan Whitehead
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As always, for Keira
Terry Sparkes had always been an actor. Ever since he could remember he had felt the need to pretend, impersonate and play. He considered himself successful, a celebrity, someone who was in the public eye, yet not classed as famous, though he had been, once.
Many years ago, he had been one of the best known faces on British television and would be recognised on the street, in the supermarket, travelling on trains and even abroad. His face had adorned magazines, newspapers and billboards. For one year he had been the most famous man in England, but then his fame had ended, as quickly as it had begun. Of course now, not as popular as he once was, at least he was still working and that, according to Terry Sparkes at least, constituted success.
Tonight was a special evening, not just for Terry, but for all thespians. It was Oscar Night. The night when Hollywood would salute its finest, the night when dreams would become reality for a lucky few and hopes crushed for those nominees who came, oh, so close. Terry, like many others across the British Isles, not just fellow actors, but 'ordinary' people also, would be rooting for Britain’s very own Sir Michael Brookes. Sir Michael was in line to win an unprecedented sixth Oscar.