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Brodie of Brodie talks to Sam Marshall (7 of 16)
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Montague Ninian Alexander Brodie
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Moray Firth Radio
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1595
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castles
stately homes
clans
Brodies
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Montague Ninian Alexander Brodie (1912 - 2003) became chief of Clan Brodie on 15 February, 1943, the 25th Brodie of Brodie. Educated at Eton, he went on to join the acting profession and it was during his time with the Perth Repertory Company that he met his future wife, Helena Budgeon. Later in his life he gave up the theatre and helped his mother run the Brodie Estate. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Artillery and later held the offices of Justice of the Peace for Morayshire, and Deputy Lieutenant of Nairnshire. In 1978 he was forced, through financial circumstances, to hand Brodie Castle over to the National Trust for Scotland.

In this audio extract from the Moray Firth Radio programme 'Marshall Meets' Ninian talks to Sam Marshall about acting.

Interviewer: You said to me that your mother had a great interest in opera and the theatre. Was that what influenced you to become an actor?

Possibly. I don't know. I simply don't know what influenced me but I know from quite an early age I began to get stage struck and I wasn't musical enough and I can't sing well enough ever to go into opera or anything like it or even a musical play, but the theatre was what I liked.

Interviewer: It had intrigued you from the earliest times?

From quite early on, yes.

Interviewer: How did your acting career actually begin then, Ninian?

Well, it began because I went to drama school. I was vaguely supposed to be going into some - to be getting a job I think - an intensive business course - which was moderatley boring and then tried to find a job. But this was 1931, 32 and that was in the last Great Depression when jobs were very hard to come by and, of course, I'd always had a hankering to work in the theatre, and finally approached my parents, and somewhat reluctantly they agreed that I should go to drama school. And so I went to the Webber Douglas in South Kensington - which is still going on - and which I enjoyed enormously and so my career began, such as it was

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Brodie of Brodie talks to Sam Marshall (7 of 16)

castles; stately homes; clans; Brodies; NTS; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Brodie of Brodie

Montague Ninian Alexander Brodie (1912 - 2003) became chief of Clan Brodie on 15 February, 1943, the 25th Brodie of Brodie. Educated at Eton, he went on to join the acting profession and it was during his time with the Perth Repertory Company that he met his future wife, Helena Budgeon. Later in his life he gave up the theatre and helped his mother run the Brodie Estate. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Artillery and later held the offices of Justice of the Peace for Morayshire, and Deputy Lieutenant of Nairnshire. In 1978 he was forced, through financial circumstances, to hand Brodie Castle over to the National Trust for Scotland.<br /> <br /> In this audio extract from the Moray Firth Radio programme 'Marshall Meets' Ninian talks to Sam Marshall about acting.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: You said to me that your mother had a great interest in opera and the theatre. Was that what influenced you to become an actor?<br /> <br /> Possibly. I don't know. I simply don't know what influenced me but I know from quite an early age I began to get stage struck and I wasn't musical enough and I can't sing well enough ever to go into opera or anything like it or even a musical play, but the theatre was what I liked.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: It had intrigued you from the earliest times?<br /> <br /> From quite early on, yes. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: How did your acting career actually begin then, Ninian?<br /> <br /> Well, it began because I went to drama school. I was vaguely supposed to be going into some - to be getting a job I think - an intensive business course - which was moderatley boring and then tried to find a job. But this was 1931, 32 and that was in the last Great Depression when jobs were very hard to come by and, of course, I'd always had a hankering to work in the theatre, and finally approached my parents, and somewhat reluctantly they agreed that I should go to drama school. And so I went to the Webber Douglas in South Kensington - which is still going on - and which I enjoyed enormously and so my career began, such as it was