Students land London agent

Actors Lauren Smith-Leslie and Daniel Hird from D&A College
Actors Lauren Smith-Leslie and Daniel Hird from D&A College

Two budding actors at Dundee & Angus College, who grew up just minutes away from each other in Broughty Ferry, have secured contracts with an impressive London agent.

Lauren Smith-Leslie and Daniel Hird, who are both on the HND acting and performance programme at the college, were friends when they both attended Broughty Ferry’s Eastern Primary School together before losing touch when Lauren, who is two years older than her classmate, went to secondary school.

The pair renewed their friendship when they started their HND programme in September 2012.

“It was the first day of term and Daniel ran across to me and said, ‘are you my pal from primary school?’ After about 30 seconds I realised I was!” remembers Lauren with a smile.

The reunion found favour with Daniel as well.

“It was great meeting Lauren again and having a friend at college from day one,” said the 20-year-old

“However, like all of our classmates, we quickly realised that our year was to become a tight-knit group of friends who supported each other at every turn.”

Both the Broughty Ferry-based students had prominent roles in the recent production of ‘In-Laws, Outlaws and Other People (Who Should be Shot)’, by Steve Franco, at The Space at Kingsway Campus.

The pair were barely off stage after the final curtain when they were approached by Sherina Bartram, from Onit Artists, a professional acting agency and management company based in London, working across all media: film, TV, theatre, radio and commercials.

After initial contact and discussions both students signed with the agency.

Daniel has already had auditions in both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is waiting on news, while Lauren has filmed a couple of monologues depicting two entirely different characters.

Both Lauren and Daniel, are still actively seeking to further their training at drama school but are also hoping to pick up real acting jobs in the coming months.

“I did a read-through for a play destined for the Edinburgh Fringe, so fingers crossed!” said Lauren.