At the Scene of “Doc Martin,” Series 7 — Part 5 — My Walk-on Part

by Karen Gilleland  © 2015

Friday dawned cold, wet and windy, but it was my big day for the walk-on part so I was excited. At 8 a.m. my friend drove me to the production offices, where I was treated to breakfast in the trailer with the other extras. I was pleasantly surprised when the two women who’d been so helpful in arranging my visit came down to meet me: Lindsay Sharp and Katie Neal. 

(Note: After the first reference to the actors’ real names, I’ll refer to them by their character names.)

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IMG_2635The morning scenes (mine was in the afternoon) featured Dame Eileen Atkins (Aunt Ruth), Martin and Caroline Catz (Louisa).  I didn’t meet Ruth because she was concentrating on her lines, but I did snap a photo. The action took place inside a shop that the crew had converted into a cafe.

The lady in the hat is Hannah, who seemed to be one of the director’s assistants.

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The shop was located next to The Gallery (you can see it if you click on photo). This young man was always on hand, conveying instructions and handling crowd control. I can still hear his voice: “Quiet, please, everyone. Thank you.”

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Bevy girls 2015After the indoor scene finished, the “Bevy Girls” — or the “Giggly Girls,” as I used to call them — prepared for their scene with Bert in front of the greengrocer’s.

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IMG_2615Linda and I enjoyed meeting  Chloe Carrubba, Lead Bevy Girl (red tights above and left). She also plays on “Poldark.”

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IMG_2636Time for lunch, and cast and crew headed to a nearby, upper room. The caterers served meals we’d chosen that morning. I  chatted with aspiring writer, Ben, who was enjoying his experiences as an extra. He said he and his dad had written a couple of movie screenplays. Best of luck, Ben!

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Lunch over, the time arrived for my scene, which included Martin, Louisa, P.C. Penhale and Archer (Baby James Henry), along with a woman I couldn’t identify. Many other extras were in the scene as well, including youngsters in school uniforms.

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The assistant director said, “Sit here and get your friend.” I grabbed Linda, and we were instructed to “act naturally.” It was cool because during the breaks we had a great view of everyone else.

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Bundled up, James Henry appeared interested in all the goings on.

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“Good job,” calls out Louisa to someone down the way.Louisa 2015

Because of the cold weather, crew members ran over after each shot to bundle up the actors and extras in blankets and coats. Sincere thanks to Shirley for taking such good care of Linda and me.
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Again, cars drove along the roadway. The drivers would be asked to wait if theDoc 2015 scene was about to be filmed.

Martin was generally smiling with someone. It was energizing to be around someone who enjoyed his job so much.

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Penhale n Doc our scene.

When you see P.C. Penhale with two ice cream cones, you’ll know that’s the scene we’re in. I thought the ice cream must be plastic, because the scene was shot numerous times, but later I realized it was real.

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Thanks to Linda Villelli, Joseph Barnett, Viola Brown, John & Pam Russell for supplying photos for this series.

Next up: Memories and Favorite Photos

To see additional stories and photos, click on the following:

Part 1 — “The Crew”

Part 2 — “Filming in the Village and Harbor”

Part 3 — “Outside the Surgery”

Part 4 — “Location Sets in Beautiful Port Isaac”

Part 6 — “Memories and Favorite Photos”

To read all articles and FanFiction, go to the front page of karengilleland.wordpress.com

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10 thoughts on “At the Scene of “Doc Martin,” Series 7 — Part 5 — My Walk-on Part

  1. What an exciting time being able to mingle with such well known actors. Maybe a new career move. I hope not I would miss your great writings. Well done.
    Take care

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  3. Wish I could have been there with you all. Did you wish you could have stayed another week? Was it expensive?

    • Hi Roxie, yes, I would love to have stayed longer. We found that, generally speaking, accommodations and food were less expensive than in the United States, although you have to remember you’re dealing with British Pounds Sterling, and that currency is very strong against the dollar, so things balance out.

  4. It’s hard to believe that all the “clutter” apparent in filming scenes can be cleaned up to become the attractive Port Wenn of “Doc Martin.”

    I see that your ‘fishing vest” sports various additions: pins, buttons, maybe awards, etc., including a sewn-on tag with the words, “fan of Doc Martin.” What is the first line on that tag? Are all the additions memorabilia from places you’ve visited?

    Looking forward to your next chapter of Doc Martin fan fiction.

    • Hi Mary, my fishing vest is just a handy place to keep things without a purse. I made the tag, and it says: Insanely Addicted Fan of “Doc Martin.” The pins are organizations I belong to and places I’ve visited. Sadly, they didn’t have a Port Isaac or even a Cornwall pin in the village.

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