Nathan Brimmer: ‘Do it... Put yourself out there’

All hail the ale! Occasional stage actor Nathan Brimmer is the friendly landlord of The Pub in Valletta. And his strange and varied life has included being a sportsman of the year nominee, massive nerd and a middling home cook

If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing? ‘I’m barely an actor. So I’d just be doing what I’m doing.’
If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing? ‘I’m barely an actor. So I’d just be doing what I’m doing.’

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Snooze button. Six times.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

“You get out of something, whatever you put into it.”

What do you never leave the house without?

Clothes. Apart from that one time.

Pick three words that describe yourself

Indecisive, jovial, charismatic.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Cultivating a healthy relationship with my wife.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Any cooking TV show (Masterchef and MKR especially).

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Things and people come and go, make sure you stick close to your loved ones.

Property and cars aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?

My bed.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?

That I was allergic to cats before I adopted three of them.

Who’s your inspiration?

Anyone who has found their calling.

Knowing what you want from life is the hardest part, seeing that it’s an attainable goal inspires me to the full to keep at it.

What has been your biggest challenge?

Investing in a business in my mid-twenties. No one takes you seriously at that age and loans are scary.

If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?

I’m barely an actor. So I’d just be doing what I’m doing.

Do you believe in God?


If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Anthony Bourdain. Never has there been anyone so high up in his field and yet so down to earth. I loved that man.

What’s your worst habit?

Crippling indecision. No, procrastinating. No, wait, crippling indecision…

What are you like when you’re drunk?

Apparently chatty-er, smiley-er and more honest.

Who would you have play you in a film?

Seth Rogen.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Ignorance and blatant stupidity.

What music would you have played at your funeral?

“Man of the Hour” by Pearl Jam.

What is your most treasured material possession?

My ukulele.

What is your earliest memory?

Holding my hobby horse.

When did you last cry, and why?

A minute ago, remembering Anthony Bourdain.

Who would you most like to meet?

My future children. I want to see what a weird little half-me looks like.

What’s your favourite food?

That’s impossible for me to answer.

Who’s your favourite person on social media right now?

I don’t follow social media particularly well.

If you could travel in time, where would you go?

The future.

What book are you reading right now?

“My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?


What’s one thing you want to do before you die?

Get a tattoo on every continent.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Birdtalker, The Oh Hellos, Penny and Sparrow, and Eddie Vedder.

In the shower or when you’re working out, what do you sing/listen to?

The soundtrack to Waitress the Musical and Steven Universe.


Tell us a bit about Measure For Measure: Strait Street Shakespeare and the idea behind having a play in a pub?  

When I took over The Pub, my best mate (and director), Philip Leone-Ganado was very clear from the get-go that we were going to be doing Shakespeare in there. The space in intimate and lends itself well to the lighter side of The Bard’s plays. This year, however, with Measure For Measure touching on some darker subject matter, like sexual abuse and power leading to corruption, we’ve opted to move it to The Splendid on Strait Street.

What advice would you give anyone interested in acting in Malta?

Do it. Put yourself out there, audition at every opportunity you get, and if you’re not getting cast from those auditions then take the risk and cast yourself in something. You learn from mistakes, so it’s OK to make them.

What’s it like being the landlord of one of Malta’s most famous pubs?

It’s never boring. It was once quite stressful, but I have a great team behind me watching my back. I think it’s amazing that Oliver Reed is still remembered so fondly 20 years after his death; I’ll be forgotten about three weeks before mine!