Page 3 Profile: David Soul, actor


Is a Starsky and Hutch revival on the cards?

No, alas. But David Soul, who played Kenneth "Hutch" Hutchinson in the 1970s cop show, isn't out of work. The 68-year-old actor and singer is in Northern Ireland this weekend for the Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, a five-day celebration of Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett's work. Soul will give readings of his poems.

Samuel Beckett and David Soul: not two names I'd put together...

Soul told i he was going the Festival to learn more about the Irish playwright, though he was already familiar with some of his work. "One of the first plays I did as a young actor was Waiting for Godot," he said. "You're waiting for something, you don't know what it is, and you never know whether it's going to come: it's exactly what it's like for actors trying to break into the business."

I didn't know he was so highbrow!

Well you do now. He compared Beckett's work to a picture or photograph "with all the colour taken out, so all you have left is the negative". Performing his work, he said, was like having a "conversation with oneself". He said he'd love to star in a Beckett play in the West End.

But will we see him return to television in the future?

"If somebody hires me," he said coyly. (If that isn't a call for TV execs to bring back Starsky, Hutch and Huggy Bear, I don't know what is).