Network premiere for rising Scots screen star Seylan Baxter
As big screen debut roles go Seylan Baxter’s appearance in the movie Macbeth is kind of magic.
The renowned Scottish cellist thought she might get a small part in the Michael Fassbender film when she applied to be an extra after seeing an appeal on social media.
She applied for the role but things quickly snowballed and Seylan, from Milngavie was given a bigger part than she ever imagined.
Instead of a crowd scene extra she imagined she was cast as the older witch and speaks the first lines in the film while gently caressing the bloodied face of its titular star.
Almost a exactly a year since it was released in the cinema to critical acclaim the movie is given its UK television network premiere tonight.
The blockbuster filmed partly in Scotland, which earned more than £13.2million at the box-office and received 13 film award nominations is to be shown tonight on Film 4 at 9pm.
Since taking up acting two years ago musician Seylan has had a number of other roles, including an appearance in the second series of Outlander as a woman dying of diabetes. She also plays a fortune teller opposite Peter Mullan in Tommy’s Honour directed by Jason Connery.
The skills of Seylan Baxter extend beyond the cello and acting. In 2015 she wrote and directed her first short film Best Man and she acted in it too with Sean Higgs. Best Man won her the Best Actress award at the Raptor Film Festival.
She has also just acted in another short, filmed in London, which is now in the editing phase.
Sunday Times Culture section names Macbeth as Film of the Week and says “The ability of the Scottish play’s witches to foresee the future is all the more remarkable in this version, for there is hardly anything predictable about the world imagined by Justin Kurzel’s 2015 film, a primitive, ultraviolent realm of woad-painted warriors and fiery rituals. The movie may not be the subtlest of Shakespeare films but is a fierce spectacle with strong stars…”