In the can

Angels' Share star won't give up the day job.

by Jennie Kermode

He's starred in three hit films, two of them Cannes award winners, but Gary Maitland has no plans to give up his day job - as a bin man working for South Lanarkshire Council. Despite admitting that he'd be tempted if the right part came along, the 28 year old has said that he loves his job and spending time with his work colleagues.

Maitland was just teenager when he got his big break in Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen. He's been heavily praised by writer Paul Laverty for his comedy acting, but remains modest, and whilst he regrets having lost workmates on account of recent cuts, he says he's content with his £16,000 a year salary. Fame has brought some refined tastes, though - although he still likes his Buckfast, making The Angels' Share gave him a love of whisky, his choice for "getting smashed" when it won the Jury Prize.

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