Ray Winstone reveals that his boozy nights out had to stop!

by Lynn Connolly

Veteran TV and film actor Ray Winstone has been telling TV Times magazine about some of his forthcoming work projects, and about how he had to cut down on his boozing as he began to feel his age.

Ray, who’s to star in an adaptation of Great Expectations at Christmas, was first asked how he would describe himself.

He replied, “I’m no Brad Pitt or Jude Law in the looks department, but I like to think I represent the normal man in the street.

“There’s nothing wrong with a fantasy figure, of course. It just ain’t ever going to be me.

“I’ll never be mistaken for Hugh Grant. But I am what I am – and I’m very happy being me. I’m a little fat geezer from the East End!”

And when asked how his attitude to working has changed as he’s got older, Ray said, “There was too much boozing when I was younger…

“In the old days, I’d work in the day, drink into the small hours and then start all over again the next morning. I had to give that up in the end.

“I didn’t touch a drop for the entire shoot of Tracker. I needed to keep my head clear. It took me a long time to learn discipline.”

Of Tracker – which makes its TV debut on Sky Movies Premiere on Friday, October 21 – Ray said, “It’s effectively a road movie. Two big old boys locking horns and developing a greater mutual respect than either has for the men pursuing them.”

And of his role in Great Expectations, Ray said, “Great Expectations is my favourite novel, so I was thrilled to be asked to play Magwitch, something I’d hankered after for years.

“To be honest, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.”

Ray is also due to star in a movie version of his drama The Sweeney, and of that he said, “My initial reaction was to wonder why you’d want to re-make something so iconic.

“Then I read the script and it really surprised me how good it was.”

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.