Brian Downey as The Drake
Brian Downey was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His interest in entertainment is life-long although that didn’t stop him from trying his hand at being a department store manager, a laundry van driver, a iron-ore miner, bookstore clerk and doing numerous other jobs. He made the transition into acting via music. Brian was playing bass in a blues band that was approached by a threatre company to write and perform a show about the impact of an oil discovery off the coast of Newfoundland. The extreme success of that show, “Some Slick”", led him to write and act in dozens of original stage plays, as well as dozens of plays written by others. His first feature film role was in “”The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood”, as the maniacal Fred Bonia-Coombes.
Since that role, Brian has appeared in more than 100 television, radio and film productions. The longest running and most widely distributed of these is the Sci-Fi classic Lexx, which has been broadcast in well over 100 countries.
He has played opposite Academy Award-winner Jessica Lange, Sam Rockwell, Malcolm McDowell, Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry and in this production with Rutger Hauer.
As of May 2010, Brian has acted in two Nova Scotia-lensed productions, Whirligig, directed by Chaz Thorne and Hobo With a Shotgun, directed by Jason Eisener.