We put some of your questions to Jim Bartley.
You had a minor role in Coronation Street in 1974. What was the experience of that like?
It wasn't a minor role, they had planned to develop it. They were all nice people but I was homesick. I played the nephew of a scrap merchant.
How much do you think English Soaps differ from Irish Soaps?
Irish soaps are more real.
Of all the roles, apart from Bela (naturally) which one did you enjoy playing most?
The part of Conway (the baddie) in Taffin.
Why do you think Fair City has stayed so popular over the years?
Irish people relate to it. Also great acting, writing and direction.
You starred alongside Pierce Brosnan & Alison Doody in the film Taffin in the 1980s. What was that experience like?
Very exciting and very busy.
Is there much of a difference from when you started on Fair City, until now?
Do you have a favourite moment or a favourite storyline from all your time on the show?
My favourite moment was when Suzanne was leaving the house to get married. I cried in the scene.
Are you still in contact with the original stars from the show like Martina Flynn who played Anne Clarke & Kira Carroll who played your daughter Helen?
No, life goes on.
Has Bela's relationship with his children changed much since Rita's illness?
Yes, he feels very alone and doesn't want to lose them.
Do you feel protective towards Sarah Flood, as though she was your daughter?
Very definitely, I love her.
If Bela was to go back to his old ways, who from Carrigstown would he go after?
Nobody, it would have to be a stranger.
What has been the most difficult storyline you have had to play?
Suzanne beating up Damien, and Yvonne giving up her children.
What has been your biggest challenge as an actor on Fair City?
Getting up at six am!
Why and how did you get into acting?
From school days and it came naturally.
What was the first part you played?
It was in the The Remarkable Mr. Pennycracker, in the Olympia 1958.
What would your dream role be?
The next one.
If you hadn't been an actor what would have done?
A soccer goalkeeper or worked in PR.
Who is your favourite movie actor of all time?
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to become an actor?
It's no use 'wanting' to be an actor. You must 'need' to be an actor, then you'll do it.