Former Hollyoaks star Richard Cambridge talks about his upcoming role in summer blockbuster ‘Gran Turismo’ to play across cinemas this August
With no prior motorsport experience, now celebrated racing driver Jann Mardenborough received a once in a life time opportunity to hone in on his Gran Turismo no-how and gain the skills needed to pursue a successful racing career. Scoring a place on the coveted GT Academy/Nissan PlayStation GT Academy in 2011, and beating 90,000 other entrants to go on to win the competition, the tv show propelled Mardenborough into a fast paced world, resulting in him participating in the Dubai 24 Hour Race courtesy of Nissan. Since then, going from strength to strength having competed in various competitions since 2012 including British GT Championship, Blancpain Endurance Series, Toyota Racing Series, FIA European Formula Three Championship, 2014 GP3 Series, Super Formula Series and Super GT – where he scored a podium position in 2017. Dramatising the racing star’s inspirational story, Sony Pictures present summer blockbuster Gran Turismo this August at participating cinemas. Starring as one of the film’s mechanics, and with a cast including Orlando Bloom, Darren Barnet and David Harbour – ex-Hollyoaks star Richard Cambridge tells us more about his role as Felix, learning the skills needed to play a convincing mechanic and the arts led businesses he co-owns!
Hi Richard, you star in Sony Pictures Gran Turismo, which is due to be released in cinemas this August. How are you feeling ahead of the release?
Gran Turismo is based on a true story of Jann Mardenborough, the film the ultimate wish fulfilment of a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan Competitions to become an actual professional race car driver. What drew you to want to take part in the film?
What have you learned/taken away from taking part in the project?
You’ve been in the entertainment industry for two decades now, which has seen you star in TV favourites ‘Hollyoaks’ in the 90s and the ‘IT Crowd’ in the 00s. The Sundance short film ‘The Fishmonger’s Daughter’ having kick started your career. You’re also the Co-founder of the actors’ community WeAudition – a website offering coaching and mentorship within the industry – Hollywood’s go to self tape reader on demand network providing actors with opportunities to earn money by serving as scene partners and assisting fellow actors in their self-tape audition process. How have you navigated running your own projects as well as sustaining a successful acting career?
Networking and collaboration have also played a significant role in the last few years, attending some of the biggest film festivals in the world like Sundance and Cannes. Building relationships within the industry, both as an actor and an entrepreneur, has opened doors to new opportunities and collaborations. By working with like-minded individuals, I can combine my passion for acting with my desire to create our innovative platform and features that benefit the acting community.
Staying adaptable and open to new challenges has been crucial. The entertainment industry is ever-evolving, and being able to embrace change and take on roles like Felix in Gran Turismo, whilst still allowing me to support other actors through WeAudition.com is a privilege.