Stephen Wight

Extract from The Evening Standard:

Stephen Wight is 27 but looks younger. Especially when he’s talking, wide-eyed and grinning, about the brilliant year he’s just had. It began when writer Patrick Marber personally lobbied for Wight to play Stan, the browbeaten servant of Rhys Ifan’s wastrel in Marber’s hit play, “Don Juan in Soho”, at the Donmar Warehouse.

So successful was this casting that Marber also put Wight up for another older role, that of Mugsy, the irrepressibly naïve waiter in Sam West’s revival of Marber’s poker play, “Dealer’s Choice”. That production won rave reviews too and transferred to the West End. Wight then learned that Stan and Mugsy had won him the Outstanding Newcomer Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Previous winners include Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhall, Eve Best and Chewitel Ejiofor. Not bad for a guy who “fell into acting by accident”.

Acting was just something he did for a laugh. “I just thought, ‘Well, let’s give this a go, then’. If I hadn’t got into the Drama Centre [between 1999-2001], I’d probably still be on the Isle of Wight, working for Currys."

It was not until his second year a drama school that the acting bug really bit, and he has scarcely been out of work since. Shortly after graduating, while working as a “charity mugger”, he was cast in a seven-month RSC tour of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

In 2005 he played David Jason’s son in TV drama “Diamond Geezer” – “that was the financial breakthrough” – and there have been a couple of films including the Brit horror “Wilderness”, and plenty more theatre.