About Garry

“The feelings of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desperation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility.” – Francis Bacon


Garry Roost is an English actor who has extensive experience in television, theatre and film. His main grounding was in theatre in his early career including; Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Play House and Hull Truck.. In 2008, he played Alan Daniels in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He has also appeared in episodes of The Bill, Doctors and London’s Burning, amongst others. He is most often recognized in the street for his bit-part in Black Books – ‘Creepy Guy Fiddling With His Balls at the Water Cooler’ – a role which did not win him a BAFTA.

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During the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Garry received considerable critical acclaim as Jimmy in How’s About That Then?; his first Solo Show, directed by Gareth Armstrong.

Garry’s recent inaugural solo show project ignited his second solo venture; Pope Head (The Secret Life of Francis Bacon), directed by Paul Garnault. The play has attracted the attention of producers and major festivals globally after a successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014. His work has taken him throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. He returns to Edinburgh 2015 at Summerhall; the largest Art Centre in Europe.

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Garry trained at the East 15 Acting School, on the outskirts of London. He graduated in 1982.

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