Like so many of the Crossroads team, Kim has been a part of the acting profession from his youngest days.
While few can claim Noele Gordon's first appearance at the tender age of two and a half, Kim has a fair challenge going.
"I went to Drama School when I was just a kid of ten, and I was doing professional work then. I really wanted to act
when I was very young, though when you're ten who can say why you really want to do something. But I ended up acting
and I've been involved with it as my first love ever since."
The problem with acting, like so many other creative professions, is that compared with all the young and not so
young hopefuls, there are all too few jobs around. Kim Fortune was no exception to the rule. "When I stop and
think of all the different jobs I've done between acting work. I left home at sixteen and there aren't that many
jobs for guys that young, without qualifications and desperate to act. I've been a garage mechanic, a street-seller
of underground newspapers, all sorts of things. Then when I wasn't actually acting, I've worked as an Assistant Stage
Manager (the theatre's supreme dogsbody) for ten quid a week. I did that in Bath, Wolverhampton, Newcastle and lots
of other places. And gradually you pick up little parts."
These days Kim, now 23, is in pretty regular demand, though if he does have a few months out of work, he's less worried
about getting temporary work than in the old days. "It's become much easier since I discovered that people believed
you if you said you'd learnt how to do things, even if you didn't know them all that well. Every job I did was used
as experience for getting the next one, and while nothing, hopefully at least, had to last more than a couple of months before
some acting arrived on the scene, I was able to get by."
His recent career, Crossroads apart, has taken Kim a long way from the paper selling and the garage. He
appeared in TV's massively acclaimed 'Glittering Prizes', in which he played the younger brother of the star Tom Conte.
Then there's been an appearance with American movie star Timothy Bottoms in a film made in Czechoslovakia called 'Operation
Daybreak'. He's also appeared in 'Streetcar Named Desire' with Claire Bloom. The part he played, The Collector,
was coincidentallt an early role of another Crossroads star, Maurice Kaufmann. The part in this Tennessee Williams
classic drama also helped Kim towards his movie role. "Lewis Gilbert, who directed 'Operation Daybreak' came to
see the play, as one of the many people I invited along, and he liked me and we got together. Then he gave me the job.
I hope I'll work with him again at some stage."
Hair To Fortune ... continued