We had a lovely afternoon getting to know Birmingham based Actor Stavros Demetraki. Stavros has a multi-cultural heritage with his parents being Greek Cypriot, yup! that’s where the exotic surname came from, in case you were wondering (We were!).
You might recognize him from his roles in the series ‘Doctor Who’ and the movies ‘Hampstead’ and ‘Risen’. Check out his imdb to find out more.
Stavros is witty and lots of fun, we loved learning more about his faith, and career.
Did you always know you wanted to be an Actor?
Yes, as soon I knew it was an actual job I knew I wanted to do it.
How did you get started?
My secondary school had lots of opportunities, we had two school plays a year, inter-house arts competitions, and academic drama options. I got involved as much as I could and quickly realised that I really enjoyed being onstage.
What has been the hardest thing about pursuing this career?
The uncertainty from day to day/month to month/year to year and the regular rejection.
And on the other hand, one of the things you have loved the most.
Being paid to be creative is a privilege and an honour. When Iâ€™m presented with opportunities to work alongside like-minded people on projects that are exciting and creatively rewarding Iâ€™m at my happiest and love this feeling the most.
My journey, like everyoneâ€™s, is evolving. It began with prayers about auditions and roles, and then became a more constant relationship.
What is your dream role?
There isnâ€™t a specific role that I long to play. I guess someone who has completely no inhibitions and no self-awareness, just because I think that would be quite fun.
Whatâ€™s your biggest fear and how do you overcome it?
Erm! that Iâ€™m kidding myself, that Iâ€™m pursuing a childish dream and that Iâ€™ve wasted the last 12 years of my life. I overcome it by reminding myself of high points in my career and past achievements and also by praying.
Whatâ€™s been your journey with God so far?
I was raised in a Christian family and went to a church based primary school, but my faith was definitely not my priority for my teenage years/early-mid twenties. My journey, like everyoneâ€™s, is evolving. It began with prayers about auditions and roles, and then became a more constant relationship, a dependable and honest friendship that I gain from and try and improve every day.
How does your faith inspire or change the way you approach acting?
My faith is vital in such an unpredictable and changeable field of work. To have something/someone to look to when Iâ€™m feeling low or unworthy and to know that there is a Father who is constantly loving regardless of my Worldly status is so important.
What is one thing you find particularly important for Christians to do/be today?
I think itâ€™s important for Christians to be able to communicate faith. That doesnâ€™t always necessarily mean being good at talking about it, but showing grace is hard in todayâ€™s â€˜burnâ€™ and â€˜take-downâ€™ culture. So the pursuit of kindness when faced with adversity is something to strive for in my opinion.
When life seems a bit quiet what kind of things or activities motivate you?
Fitness and nutrition definitely. I enjoy setting goals for myself and staying healthy.
Making plans to see friends, as we get older weâ€™re all over the country and so we have to make time and plan activities.
Where do you find inspiration?
My grandparents, literature, the island of Cyprus.
What does success look like for you?
A full diary
Showing grace is hard in todayâ€™s â€˜burnâ€™ and â€˜take-downâ€™ culture. The pursuit of kindness when faced with adversity is something to strive for in my opinion.
On a lighter note
Three things youâ€™re consuming right now (ie: book/music/Netflix show)
Line of Duty (BBC)
Schittâ€™s Creek (Netflix)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Novel, James Baldwin)
Favourite movie and why
Itâ€™s a Wonderful Life.
Itâ€™s a life affirming Christmas classic!