Ceremony held no fears for Daniel

STAR MAN: Daniel Hird celebrates his graduation on the steps of the Caird Hall.
STAR MAN: Daniel Hird celebrates his graduation on the steps of the Caird Hall.

Taking to the stage held no fears for Daniel Hird who was presented with his HND acting and performance at D&A College Awards Ceremony at the Caird Hall.

The Broughty Ferry resident enjoyed plenty of stage experience during his course, taking major roles in the student productions of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and In-Laws, Outlaws and Other People (Who Should be Shot), by Steve Franco.

Since successfully completing the course, the 20-year-old has swapped stage for small screen by landing a role in the TV comedy show, Bob Servant, starring Dundee actor, Brian Cox.

To complete a unique Dundee connection, Daniel also had the chance to play perhaps the most famous of the city’s sons when he voiced Oor Wullie as part of a television documentary celebrating the centenary of the Sunday Post.

“Getting a role in Bob Servant was fun, if a wee bit strange, as filming took place in Broughty Ferry where I grew up, so it was almost like ‘working from home’ for me,” said Daniel.

“And having the chance to voice Oor Wullie was a dream job as, like most boys in Scotland, I grew up on his dialogue!”

Daniel was one of four acting and performance students at D&A College who were snapped up by a London-based agent towards the end of their studies.

“Right after appearing in the college production of In-Laws, I and a few of my classmates were signed by Sherina Bartram, from On It Artists, a professional acting agency and management company,” explained the actor.

“A total of five students were offered the chance to sign which really pays testament to the whole class.”

A number of local students featured in the graduation ceremonies at the Arbroath campus, held in the Webster Memorial Theatre, and the Dundee one at the Caird Hall.

A list of all those who graduated is on page 25.