Actress Emilia Clarke was left terrified on the set of Game Of Thrones when her horse bolted and she struggled to control it. The British actress told producers she knew how to ride when she arrived for her very first day of filming, but she soon realised her limited experience on horseback had not prepared her for the demanding role.
Clarke's mount bolted when she lost control and both the actress and the animal had to be calmed by co-star Iain Glen.
She tells The Observer Magazine, "You ask someone: 'Can you ride?' and as an actor you're trained to say yes. But it's one thing doing some riding on a Welsh holiday with your family... Luckily Iain managed to calm me and the horse down at the same time."
Glen adds, "It (the horse) went off with her into the high reeds and I think it slightly freaked her out!"
Gritty drama For Those In Peril leads the nominations at this year's (13) BAFTA Scotland awards with four nods. Paul Wright's movie, about a loner blamed for a tragedy on a remote Scottish fishing island, is up for Best Film, Best Director, Best Writer and Best Actor/Actress (Film) for its lead George MacKay.
The young star will face competition from Martin Compston (The Wee Man) and Iain De Caestecker (Not Another Happy Ending), while the film will be up against The Wee Man and Fire In The Night.
Wright will fight for the Best Director prize against Kenny Glenaan (Case Histories) and Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon (I Am Breathing).
Ford Kiernan (The Field of Blood: The Dead Hour), Peter Mullan (The Fear), and Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary) are all nominated in the Best Actor/Actress (TV) section.
The ceremony, which celebrates the best of Scottish entertainment talent, will take place in Glasgow on 17 November (13).
Fans of The Inbetweeners have British funnyman David Walliams to thank for the hit comedy - he allowed the show's writer to stay at his home free for a year while working on the series. Iain Morris teamed up with his pal Damon Beesley to pen the show, using their own cringeworthy teenage experiences to inspire the antics of geeky schoolkids Simon, Neil, Jay and Will.
Now Morris reveals Little Britain star Walliams played a huge part in bringing the comedy to fruition, because he allowed him to lodge at his London home when he was down on his luck.
The writer tells BBC Radio 5, "That allowed me to write. Without David Walliams, and another friend who also let me stay for free for nine months, I probably wouldn't have been able to continue to try and write stuff."
The show won a cult following following its debut in 2008, spawning a U.S. adaptation and a movie spin-off, which holds the box office record for the most successful opening weekend for a comedy release in Britain. A big screen sequel is currently in the works.
The stars of cult British TV comedy The Inbetweeners are reuniting for a sequel to their hit 2011 movie. James Buckley, Simon Bird, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas will reprise their geeky characters for a follow-up which will be shot later this year (13).
A statement from creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley reads, "We couldn't be more excited to be making another Inbetweeners movie. A new chapter in the lives of the Inbetweeners feels like the very least we can do to thank the fans for their phenomenal response to the first movie."
The writers downplayed reports suggesting the second film, due in U.K. and Ireland cinemas next August (14), will take place Down Under, insisting, "Australia is just one of the ideas we're kicking around."
The Inbetweeners ran for three seasons on U.K. TV before hitting the big screen, and the film version, which was set in Greece, holds the box office record for the most successful opening weekend for a comedy release in Britain.
Gangs Of New York star Iain Mccoll has died at the age of 59. The actor, best known for his roles in U.K. TV shows City Lights and Rab C. Nesbitt, passed away at a clinic in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday (04Jul13) after a long battle with cancer.
McColl's City Lights co-star Andy Gray has paid tribute to his pal, praising his comedic talents and promising to raise a glass in his memory.
He tells the Daily Record, "We were a bit of a double act in a way. We had a lot of laughs on set. We would do five-page scenes and Iain would get the big laugh at the end with just one line. He'd come in and steal it. There was nobody quite like him - he was a true character.
"We will have a... drink for him and relive happy memories of our big, daft (silly) Iain. Our sadness will be tinged with a lot of laughter and funny memories but my thoughts are with his family."
McColl first announced his cancer diagnosis in 2008, and was later believed to have beaten the disease, with Rab C. Nesbitt writers even re-introducing his character Dodie to the show in 2011.
He is survived by his three children Rhianan, Ciaran and Maurice.
Late Scottish author Iain Banks' final noval The Quarry was published on Thursday (20Jun13), less than two weeks after his death. Banks passed away on 9 June (13), aged 59, after a battle with gall bladder cancer. The Quarry, about a man with terminal cancer, has already become a best-seller for online retailer Amazon due to pre-orders. The writer had nearly finished the book when he was given his cancer diagnosis.
The Who star Pete Townshend paid tribute to late Scottish writer Iain Banks during the band's gig in Glasgow this week (beg10Jun13). Banks passed away on Sunday (09Jun13), aged 59, after a battle with cancer, and Townshend made sure to mention The Wasp Factory author when The Who played in his native Scotland on Wednesday night (12Jun13).
During the show at Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Townshend dedicated the band's track Behind Blue Eyes to Banks, bringing a huge cheer from the crowd.
Banks, who announced his battle with terminal cancer in a post on his official website in April (13), died just days before the release of his final project, The Quarry, which is due to hit stores on 20 June (13).
Top Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson was laid to rest on Friday (31May13) following his fatal training accident on 9 May (13). The gold medallist drowned after his catamaran capsized in San Francisco Bay, off the coast of California. Fellow sailing stars Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy were among the mourners who paid tribute to the 36 year old at his funeral at Sherborne Abbey in Dorset, England.
Terminally-ill author Iain Banks has treated himself to a luxury sports car so he can indulge his love of driving in the Scottish Highlands. The Wasp Factory writer, who announced last month (Apr13) that he has gall bladder cancer and has been given less than a year to live, sold his fleet of sports cars in 2007 to cut his carbon footprint.
Now he has purchased a $116,000 (£75,000) BMW M5 V10 to satisfy his passion for motoring as he battles illness.
The Scottish author, 59, writes, "In the light of my recent bad news, I decided that - as it looked like I was going to be saving on the next 20 to 30 years of personal carbon output - I could indulge myself a bit.
"I am back to scudding round the Highland roads again with a big grin on my fizzog (face) - well, where I can grin, and the acceleration/braking force isn't distorting my face like somebody taking part in an early NASA rocket sled experiment."
Banks also told fans he is prepared to undergo a course of chemotherapy to ease his illness but will quit if it becomes too debilitating.
Scottish author Iain Banks has thanked his loyal readers for their outpouring of support since he went public with his terminal cancer diagnosis. Earlier this month (Apr13), the 59-year-old writer confirmed he is in the later stages of gall bladder cancer and has less than a year to live, and now he has taken to his Banksophilia website to express his gratitude after being inundated with well wishes.
He writes, "Good grief! - what an outpouring of love, affection and respect. I honestly had no idea. I feel treasured. I am deeply flattered and touched, and I can't deny I've been made to feel very special indeed.
"It's only the fact that I've been able to pre-announce my own demise that has allowed me to realise my portion of that love in full while I'm still around to appreciate it."
Banks, who recently returned from a honeymoon in Italy and France with his new wife Adele, went on to praise his fans as "bright, clever, highly informed and sometimes worryingly more intelligent than me".
The novelist proposed to his partner after he was given his cancer diagnosis.