ACTOR George Costigan – star of the cult classic Rita, Sue and Bob Too – is to make a personal appearance in Middlesbrough during the film’s 30th anniversary year.

Mr Costigan will be in conversation with BBC Tees presenter Bob Fischer in the event at Middlesbrough Central Library on Thursday, May 4, in which he will talk about his life and career on stage and screen as well as his acclaimed debut novel The Single Soldier.

George, also star of the recent award-winning television drama Happy Valley said: “I believe in the arts, it’s given me my life. I also believe it’s a duty to support the arts locally, all over the country, because culture and the arts add hugely to people’s lives.”

“I am thrilled this work (The Single Soldier) has made it to print, a long-held ambition and if people enjoy it, so very much the better.”

His impressive CV includes Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Happy Valley, Line of Duty, The Secret Agent, Unforgiven, Emmerdale, Dr Who, Scott & Bailey, The Beiderbecke Connection, The Long Firm, Shirley Valentine and Calendar Girls.

Prior to acting George was also a motor-parts storeman, a trainee accountant, another trainee accountant (both failed) a steel-worker, an insurance clerk, a wood-cutter, a bookseller, a record salesman, a book-keeper for a wedding dress business – and then someone asked him to be in a play.

College followed and a career that started in children’s theatre, on to Butlins Repertory Theatre in Filey and eventually landed him with the rep company at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, who have recently unveiled their first rep company in twenty five years.

  • Tickets for the event, in which George Costigan will be in conversation with BBC Tees presenter Bob Fischer on Thursday, May 4 from 7pm are priced at £3 and available from Middlesbrough Central Library by calling 01642 729002.