YEREVAN / ISTANBUL — Kevork Malikyan (born in 1943) is a British-Armenian actor and teacher. He spent seven years training for priesthood at the Surp Haç (Holy Cross) Armenian High School Seminary in Istanbul, then moved to London in 1963 for to study acting. He received his acting and teaching qualifications from Rose Bruford College (1964-1967). Since 1968, Malikyan has acted in more than 95 films and TV series, including “The Man Who Haunted Himself,” “Midnight Express,” “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade,” “Flight of the Phoenix,” “Minder,” “Doctor Who,” etc. His first major TV series was “Mind Your Language,” attracting 18 million viewers, weekly. During his career, Malikyan has performed in a number of Shakespeare play including “Henry IV,” Parts 1 and 2 at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in 2010. Malikyan also played in a number of roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company production, Arabian Nights, at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Currently he lives in Istanbul, where we met briefly in 2015. This interview took place in written form: I left untouched his special ways of writings, especially, some words with capital letters and ellipsis.
Dear Kevork, your first 10 years were in Diyarbakır, historical Armenian Dikranagerd. We know about the Armenian life of this city from Megerdich Margosian’s stories. What memories do you have from your birthplace?
So many, sad, and, happy, it would, perhaps fill a book…When your birthplace is taken away from you, or you from your birthplace, memories take all sorts of colors. The time I spent at St. Giragos Church, playing in the Courtyard, or praying in the Church, with my beloved Father, are probably two I search for most…
Do you remember what was your very first role at Surp Haç Armenian High School Seminary?
I started student acting, at the Tıbrevank doing plays in Armenian, in English, and, in Turkish.
What struck you most when you arrive first to London in late 1960s?