Sam Keeley

Sam Keeley says he’d describe the last few years as a whirlwind. Having arrived at acting relatively late in life – a secondary school guidance counselor suggested he try it as a career – Sam was somewhat surprised to find himself offered roles, admitting “I remember thinking ‘people are hiring me, I must be doing something right’.” Sam was working in an Xtra Vision in his county Offaly home town when he landed a role in Rebecca Daly’s The Other Side of Sleep (later selected for the Cannes film festival). Next he played Robert Sheehan’s long-lost brother in British comedy sci-fi series Misfits and then found himself playing opposite Sean Penn’s erratic but loveable rock star in Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place. “It was incredible. I didn’t have the words to say to him. He’s an actor I really look up to.” At the moment, he’s shooting TV series Raw in Dublin and catching up on his 1980s cinema: he saw Top Gun for the first time recently and confesses that a part of him wants to someday do a big dumb action movie. For the most part, however, he’s looking forward to playing some interesting roles in the future. “I’m going to persist. I want to get to a place where I can pick the jobs I want rather than doing things out of necessity. If it’s a quality role with good characters then the story could be absolutely anything.”