AWARD-WINNING actor Tilda Swinton says she is considering a career change after a pandemic experience in the Highlands.

Swinton, who has lived in the Highlands for more than two decades and co-founded the Drumduan School in Forres, spent the Covid lockdowns at home in Nairn.

The prolific 61-year-old star began her career with appearances in experimental films including Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio (1986).

Since then she has starred in dozens of films, winning awards for her appearances in films like Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin, Michael Clayton and the 2018 Suspiria remake. She is also one of Wes Anderson’s returning cast members, appearing most recently in The French Dispatch.

Speaking to The Guardian though, Swinton suggested she might be looking to move away from cinema in the future.

The National:

Swinton in Armando Iannucci's Personal History of David Copperfield

While she has no plans to slow down yet, she said she has been considering retraining as a palliative carer – noting that seeing her parents receive care at the end of their own lives had a big impact on her.

Asked how much she has looked into retraining, Swinton explained: “I have a bit, because during lockdown there were all sorts of people in our village who needed looking out for, not only in the care homes but the sheltered housing and those living by themselves.

“There’s a lady who hasn’t been over the door for two years. It’s not that she’s unable to move, it’s that she’s frightened and she’s become detached from the possibility.

The National:

She added: “I’ve looked into retraining and I would need a good two to three years clear and I haven’t got that yet.”

Swinton will appear in Memoria, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, due to be released in the UK on January 14 and The Souvenir Part II, which will appear in cinemas on February 4.