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Face of the fortnight: Due South's Callum Keith Rennie

Inside Soap (UK TV magazine) issue 103, fortnight ending 25 June 1998

WHO? He's Detective Stanley Raymond Kowalski, the dishy new cop in BBC1's off-the-wall series Due South. The 34-year-old actor admits it wasn't easy filling the void left by his predecessor David Marciano, who played Detective Ray Vecchio. "It was hard taking over from someone as well established as David," he says. You're doing scenes and the crew are all watching intently to see how you're doing. After the first couple of episodes, though, I soon started to get into it and do my own thing."

BEFORE THIS? Although raised in Canada, Callum was actually born in Sunderland. "My mum's from Inverness and my dad's from Aberdeen... I think!" he laughs. "We moved to Canada when I was four."

Callum's earlier acting roles were in theatre, but it was only when he moved to Vancouver that his film and TV career took off. Roles followed in series like Lonesome Dove, Highlander and My Life as a Dog, as well as the feature films Mastermind and Excess Baggage.

OFF SCREEN? Callum loves a game of hockey. "If you grow up in Canada, you grow up playing hockey. There's a Sunday team which all the Due South crew play in," he says.

WHAT'S NEXT? Callum has just finished shooting a film with director David Cronenberg, whose credits include shockers like The Fly and last year's controversial Crash. "It's called Existence, but it's more of a buddy film than your usual weird Cronenberg film," he says. "It does have a gun made of a leg bone that shoots teeth at people, though, so I suppose that's a bit weird!"

OH, AND NOT FORGETTING! He has appeared in The X files. "I had a guest role in the show," he says. "Soon after that, the producer called me in and they wrote a regular part for me. In the end I couldn't do it. That part went on to become Krycek, the bad guy in the show."

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( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 26th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Great article. I really love the picture they used.
Aug. 26th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
So do I - he sports the famous intense look, and it's quite, uh, fascinating?
Aug. 26th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Very fascinating, I could stare at that picture all day.
Aug. 26th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Dishy, indeed! Rowr!
Aug. 26th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
I had to look this one up, but I have to agree, he is!
Aug. 26th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
okay, that picture is totally not-work-safe for me today. My heart just about seized when my friends page opened and this was at the top! YOWZA!!
Aug. 26th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Hey, don't click on the picture, then - otherwise Callum will invade your screen! Hope your heart is OK now :)
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
Hey, don't click on the picture, then - otherwise Callum will invade your screen!

You say this like it's a bad thing. :)
Aug. 26th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)

Thanks for this!

the dishy new cop

Ha. Somebody gets it. (I was amused that the show always took the position that Fraser was the hearthrob. Not that there's anything wrong with PG, just...you know.)
Aug. 26th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Exactly, a dishy hearthrob, that's what Callum is!
Aug. 26th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Aug. 26th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
& \c/ too!
Aug. 27th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
I love that picture. Also, I don't remember reading this before. Good find! :)

34-year-old actor

Um... *calculates* Maybe they just guessed his age. Hehe
Aug. 27th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
Thanks, and good point! *calculates too* ok 1960 to 1998 isn't so hard to compute, even for me. Maybe they estimated on his looks?
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
OMG, thank you! This is wonderful! I think that is more of that photo than I've ever seen! MORE of Callum? Always a good thing. :) :)
Aug. 27th, 2008 10:20 am (UTC)
My pleasure! Every one of Callum's pictures should come out in this size!
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