Thursday 6 March 2008

The Spotlight Project - Una Stubbs

A series of portraits where I reunite actors with their first ever headshot.

Go on, you know you're thinking it: Aunt Sally. No? Till Death Us Do Part? Summer Holiday perhaps? Ah, you may be showing your age there. It's rather unfair of me to mention these early roles I suppose given the rennaisance her career has enjoyed recently in the theatre but I was rather excited in a slightly childish way to meet Una Stubbs. She has the kind of career which means that entire decades can be recalled with one of her iconic portrayals.

She was in rehearsals at The National Theatre at the time I met her and it is worth mentioning straight away that she looks amazing for a woman who has recently turned 70. Not only stylish but incredibly funny we had a great time with the shoot, which hopefully you can see below. The picture itself is one of the publicity stills from Summer Holiday and it seems that Una has lost none of her capacity to enjoy life from her days as a young ingenue.

Click here to see other portraits from The Spotlight Project.


John Self 13 March 2008 at 10:06  

Maybe the best one yet! 70 though: wow, that's both impressive and frightening...

(And let's not forget her iconic role as a spinster with half her colon removed - "a semi-colon..." - in Victoria Wood's We'd Quite Like to Apologise...)

William Rycroft 13 March 2008 at 23:31  


(at semi-colon joke)

(and just placing The Time of Our Singing back on the shelf)

Anonymous,  13 August 2008 at 09:52  

Wow William,

that is a wonderful project with grat pictures. Thanks to have pointed me to this, you should think at a proper website and even a publication with it.

I like the idea, maybe in 30 years time I'll be chasing old rockstar and do the same!!


William Rycroft 15 August 2008 at 12:17  

Thanks Valerio. I did approach some publishers but didn't get any to bite. Maybe I'll try again someday. Good luck finding ageing rock stars. They tend to die young or join the golf club!

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