Fionn Walton

It was mostly by chance that Fionn Walton was cast as Cian in What Richard Did. He signed up for an acting course in The Factory last year and there met Jack Reynor, who went on to play Richard. A little while later Fionn got a call asking him to audition for the project, having been recommended by Jack himself. Agent-less and fresh out of college he was ecstatic to accept. The film was certainly a long way from his first role playing a wizard in a school play about the Millennium Bug. He also fondly remembers the experience of playing Nathan Detroit in a secondary school production of Guys and Dolls as the first time he properly developed a character. Later Fionn became heavily involved in Trinity’s drama society and there featured in Glen Garry Glen Ross, Disco Pigs (Enda Walsh is his favourite playwright), and a dramatization of The Trials of Oscar Wilde. When he secured the lead role in a production of Tom Murphy’s The Morning After Optimism, he began to have more and more faith in his abilities. Despite this, however, he can’t ever remember a moment of consciously deciding to be an actor – rather he found himself gradually gravitating towards it. More recently, Fionn has appeared in short film Rhinos, which premiered at JDIFF in February 2012 and is shooting a feature film called Out Of Here, directed by Donal Foreman, about a drop-out student who returns to Dublin with fresh eyes after travelling the world for a year.