Gateshead youngster Dean Bone, 18, is set to feature in the second series of CBBC’s teenage drama Wolfblood, due to be broadcast this autumn.
The popular show is a fantasy TV series for children following the adventures of young wolves as they struggle with double lives and attempt to keep their secrets concealed from the outside world.
Dean, who secured the role as Harry Averwood after impressing at auditions, is currently on location at various places in and around the North East where the series is being filmed.
He says that the experience of gaining distinctions on the two-year Level 3 Acting Course, particularly playing leading parts in college productions such as his graduation performance in Vernon God Little, provided the confidence and skills needed for the Wolfblood part.
He’s now hoping that the part will be developed if it proves popular with viewers and open the door to other acting opportunities in both TV and theatre.
“The college course was fantastic, providing a great opportunity to develop the skills needed for a career in the performing arts,” said Dean.
“I really enjoyed the variety it offered and benefitted from the excellent training and tuition I received from my tutors.
“Without it, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity and the chance to get a foot on the ladder to what I hope will be a long and successful acting career.”
Gateshead College offers people the chance take their first steps on the path to acting success through its performing arts’ courses, and has linked up with Live Theatre to extend the scope of the learning experiences and opportunities it offers.
Through the partnership, students have access to Live Theatre’s resources and benefit from the chance to study weekly for a significant part of their course under professional guidance.
Dean’s tutor at Gateshead College was Paul Philips, who said: “I’m so pleased he’s won the part. He’s talented and has lots of potential, and I’m sure he will carve out a successful career as an actor.
“It’s also good to see him and others looking to carry on in the acting profession after graduation, particularly securing work that keeps them in the region.
“Dean really gained from the vocational training offered by the course, particularly the close co-operation with Live Theatre, where he received four hours of teaching every week.
“While he’s learnt about all the aspects of acting and performance, he’s also gained the important communication and team working skills employers need and which will stand him in good stead as his future career progresses.”
The Level 3 Acting Course is for anyone pursuing a career as an actor and teaches radio, film and TV acting alongside contemporary, physical and musical theatre. Students perform for the public, drama, comedy, theatre for children and multi-media pieces, as well as radio drama and film and TV scenes.
The majority of assessment mirrors professional practice with the rehearsal and public performance of plays, scenes and sketches within a variety of venues. More at www.gateshead.ac.uk/courses/full-time/creative-industries/performing-arts/