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Siddig Plays Doctor In London

By Caillan
October 30, 2004 - 11:04 AM

Alexander Siddig (Julian Bashir) is set to return to the London stage next year in a production of Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Siddig, who graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, will star opposite fellow Trek alumna Kim Cattrall (Valeris) in the play, according to Sid City. The production will run at London's Comedy Theatre from January 20 until April 30, 2005, with previews beginning on January 7.

Written by Bryan Clark, Whose Life Is It Anyway? centres around Cattrall's character, Claire Harrison, a confident, outgoing woman whose life is shattered when she is injured in a road accident and paralyzed from the neck down. Faced with being confined to a hospital bed for the rest of her life, Claire resolves to die, but must go to court to win the right to end her own life. Siddig will play Doctor Scott, who refuses to toe the hospital's line and comes to supports Claire's decision to die.

The production will be directed by Sir Peter Hall, a former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and director of the National Theatre. His honours include a Laurence Olivier Award, a London Critics Circle Theatre Award and two London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Other cast members include Oscar-nominee Janet Suzman, who will play Dame Jane Millhouse, and West End regular Ann Mitchell.

Siddig has also scored a new film role in the upcoming Syriana, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon. The film, to be written and directed by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) is based on the life of CIA agent Robert Baer, who will be played by Clooney. It is not yet know which role Siddig will be playing, but the actor has been shooting for the past month and a half and is expected to be required until late November this year.

For further details on Whose Life Is It Anyway? and Syriana, head over to SidCity.net.

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