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Changing Lanes + Turning A Negative Into A Positive: A Conversation with Former Royal Marines Commando and Inspiring Actor Steven Blades

13 January 2020

Steven was excelling as a Royal Marine Commando, but after an injury that left him blind in one eye, everything changed. After a tough period of physical and mental pain, he finally found a new focus by pursuing a lifelong dream of becoming an actor. Fortunately, Steven has been able to use and apply his Marine skills to good effect when appearing on screen, something that has really helped enhance his acting career. He has appeared in ITV's ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Recoil’ and ‘All the Devil’s Men’ (directed by Matthew Hope), as well as many other action films.

In this interview, Steven tells us about how his acting career has developed and also details his upcoming projects....


Steven, can you tell us about how you came to be an actor?

After being medically discharged from the Royal Marine Commandos in 2010, I became completely lost. I suffered quite a serious injury which left me blind in my right eye and, at the time, really affected me mentally. For the next few years, I worked as a Close Protection Operative, protecting high-profile clients. As well as this, we protected commercial vessels from Somali pirates while we transported them across open waters. I basically just bounced from job to job, trying to move on from the effects of the injury that ended my career as a Royal Marine. Although things may have looked good from the outside, the truth was that I hadn’t yet found peace within myself. To be honest, I was very close to giving up on life altogether. But then I decided to follow an old dream and attended an acting class in Sheffield. A few months later, I sold my house, my car - pretty much all my belongings and moved to London. It was a big risk, but I knew this was the right move if I was going to make a successful career for myself.


You are a former Royal Marines Commando. How did this impact your career?

The Royal Marines made me the man I am today. The skills I was given moulded my mindset and gave me the self-belief and courage to never give up on something I believe in. As far as working in the film industry, being a former Royal Marines Commando has had a huge impact. On a basic level, it gave me discipline and a strong work ethic, which definitely comes in handy when working on a busy film set. The crew and the actors are one big team that have to work in harmony to reach the desired end goal, which is very similar to a Commando unit. On a more specific level, the skills I developed within armed/unarmed combat and my comprehensive knowledge of weapons & military tactics, have all played a huge part in the progression of my acting career so far.





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