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‘I didn’t tell anyone it was my first job except for my scene partner’

Gordon Miller, a native of Old Barns, has had some success auditioning for television shows since moving to Toronto earlier this year. In the New Year, the 31-year-old will be seen on an episode of The Ron James Show, as well as Republic of Doyle. Submitted photo

TRURO – A move to Toronto has started paying off for an Old Barns native.

Gordon Miller, 31, has appeared on a couple of television shows and has some spots airing in the New Year.

“Working with film is a different experience than theatre,” said Miller, a graduate from Cobequid Educational Centre.

“In theatre, we would actually discuss how to play the character. In film, they tell you how to dress and that if you say the lines a certain way, you’ve got the character.”

Before moving to Toronto this year, Miller and his wife lived in Stratford where he was a member of the Stratford Theatre.

That opportunity opened doors for a number of experiences for Miller, including a role in the premiere showing of Caesar and Cleopatra, which starred Christopher Plummer, on Bravo!

Completing another season at the theatre following the airing of Caesar and Cleopatra in April of 2009, Miller finished his final year at the Stratford Theatre and was awarded the Richard Monette Travel Grant. The grant, named after the past artistic director who got Miller involved in the Stratford Theatre, allowed him to spend 10 weeks traveling in Europe.

“Being in Stratford for seven years, we knew it was time for a change and that travel grant was a great way to flow into my next opportunity,” he said.

The move to Toronto is allowing Miller to focus primarily on his film and television work.

He’s landed roles on television shows, Suits and Warehouse 13, as well as Lost Girl and Covert Affairs.

His first television shoot was with Suits, which Miller says was a great experience.

“I was very fortunate and it was an incredible experience for me. I didn’t tell anyone it was my first job except for my scene partner,” he said of Rick Hoffman, a regular on Suits. 

“He took me under his wing that night and let me know, through his many years of experience, that this is when the television world is at its best.”

On Suits, Miller’s character, Arnie Becker, had an open-ended story, so Miller is crossing his fingers he will be called back to play the role.

Coming up in 2013, Miller will be seen on a couple of CBC shows – The Ron James Show and Republic of Doyle.

Shooting the latter allowed Miller to reconnect with a friend from theatre school – Allan Hawco.

“It was great to get to see him again,” said Miller, noting the two were a couple of years apart when attending the National Theatre School in Montreal.

With a couple of auditions he’s waiting to hear back on, Miller will be heading to Regina, Sask., in February to perform in a three-week production of Pride and Prejudice at the Globe Theatre.

No matter where he is though, Miller always remembers those at home.

“I always appreciate the support from back home and the people of Truro. I’m very grateful for going through the drama program at CEC.”

Organizations: Stratford Theatre, Cobequid Educational Centre, CBC National Theatre School Globe Theatre

Geographic location: Toronto, TRURO, Stratford Old Barns Europe Republic of Doyle Montreal Regina Sask.

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  • Karen Porter
    November 09, 2012 - 19:24

    Congrats Gordon - happy to see that you are working at what you love. You were still an acting student when I used to wait on you at PCF. All the best.