The Real-Life Inspirations For Bryant & May Characters
I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, after someone suggested I couldn’t possibly know anyone as strange as some of my characters, so here are a few of the real-life figures who got re-invented as characters in the Bryant & May novels. At the moment I’m limited to people I have photos of, but perhaps I’ll create a gallery of real-life matches.
The funny thing is realising just how much I use from real people.
First, here’s Bryan, who plays Raymond Kirkpatrick, heavy metal rocker and academic librarian.
This is John, who plays the sinister Mr Merry – that’s his own beard, which is about 4 feet long, and he’s been known to go full-piratical for photo shoots.
Next, Maggie Armitage, of whom I have millions of photos but cannot find the ones I wanted, thanks to our deranged method of e-storage. She models too, and she’s also seen here in a spoof calendar created for an airline.
I don’t really have a single friend in mind for John May – I tend to amalgamate several other figures into one. But my pal Jim was 100 per cent Arthur Bryant, and modelled for him in the graphic novel version.