Gerard was born and raised in the heart of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, England and is now based in Los Angeles. He is passionate about acting and the art of storytelling; driven to learn and entertain with a love for both contemporary and classical texts, as well as comedic and dramatic narratives.
Having received training at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, The Actor’s Centre, London, and The Lee Strasberg Institute, Los Angeles, Gerard has played roles on the stage and on London’s Off-West End in productions from Shakespeare, where he won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to Dorian Grey in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Grey.
On the screen Gerard has played various roles in short films, commercials and industrial shorts, most recently playing a lead role in the post-apocalyptic drama short film Shelter.
Gerard enjoys playing various sports, playing the Piano and Guitar, as well as riding his motorcycle.
Tell us about a transformative educational experience.
Before deciding to move into acting as a profession I studied Outdoor Adventure at Exeter University where I received a BA with Honours. Studying another form of education other than acting definitely broadened my life experiences and I found a real love of the world that we live in, the people in it, what it has to offer us, and a drive to explore it. Continuing this drive I travelled extensively throughout the world, each time never quite knowing where I may end up or what situations I may find myself in, but knowing that it was generally* going to be alright. The point of an adventure is not really knowing; if you knew, then it wouldn’t be an adventure.
*This is purely a personal point of view and anyone who travels in such a manner is solely reliable for their own safety and wellbeing.
What about transformative professional experiences?
Once upon a time, being a young, naïve and unlearned actor I remember once mocking the idea of the Method. I remember a turning point where I realised my own downfall would be my own foolish ways so I decided to look into the Method more deeply, eventually studying at the Lee Strasberg Institute, where I found that so many of Stanislavsky’s principles are actually what I held true to myself and my own technique. It was through exposing myself in this way that I grew to realise acting isn’t acting if you’re acting.
Why I do what I do...
I love working with people. I love telling stories. And I love being able to bring about an emotion in an audience. The true power of art in its many forms is inconceivable and endless, but the act of trying to capture that moment, never quite knowing when or how it may hit you is, to me, an exciting journey that finds itself in the form of acting.
What about ECT inspires you?
From the first instance I began working with ECT, it was clear in the way that we work, the fearless endeavour for truth in the moment, and the risks that we’re constantly encouraged to take that I would feel at home here. These ideas are very similar to those that I hold true in my own professionalism. And what could be more inspiring than connecting with a company that not only mirrors your own philosophies but furthermore allows you to grow further into it?
Where have you traveled? Where would you like to visit?
Europe – France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Belgium; North Africa – Morocco; South East Asia – Philippines, Thailand; Australia; Canada; Central America – Panama.
Dream of travelling… ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE. I’d love to do some more adventure trips – mountain hiking, kayaking and anything challenging and fun.
My favorite "day-off" event would be...
A day at the beach with my favourite people and my dog, a BBQ and probably some paddleboarding?
If I had one million dollars I would...
I would buy a very small house, a car, and be a very generous husband/brother/son/uncle.
Did you know...
My favourite composer is Ludovico Einaudi.
I have quite the bump on the back of my right hand where I broke it once playing Rugby and it didn’t heal properly.
I love to cook and I make a pretty mean traditional English roast dinner.