Michael Gambon 'does plays to be a serious actor'
Acting is a serious business for Sir Michael Gambon, who recently admitted that he takes roles in plays to feel like a real actor.
Speaking as in Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape opens in the West End, the veteran performer told Metro that he was disappointed when he had to drop out of a play last year due to a mystery illness.
The actor, who will be seen on screen later this year once again in the role of Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, had been due to star in Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art, but was instead hospitalised for three weeks, an event which resonated deeply with him.
"Missing that had a profound effect on me," he explained to the newspaper.
"I like to do a play a year, makes me feel like a serious actor."
Fans can judge Gambon's acting for themselves by visiting the Duchess Theatre, where the monologue production is set to run until November 20th 2010.
By Jemma Howard