Thirteen year old Max Pirkis
plays the midshipman Lord Blakeney in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
. Pirkis was cast in the role after meeting with director Peter Weir
, and participating in an audition with other prospective midshipmen, including fellow cast member Max Benitz
Pirkis has played the violin since the age of 6, and he is presently studying the saxophone. His school work includes French and Latin, he has performed in school drama productions and is a avid soccer and cricket fan. Pirkis has accompanied his family on treks through the Himalayas and the Andes Mountains. He marks his second trip to the Galapagos Islands for his role in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, having visited previously with his family. Pirkis lives in London with his parents, his sister and two dogs.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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