A North-east actor will make his debut on the West End stage next month, after landing a part in a top National Theatre production.
Brad Morrison, 28, from Peterhead, will star in front of thousands as Valentine in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
The former Mintlaw Academy pupil admits his current career path has taken him by surprise, after initially starting out in the oil and gas industry.
But in 2014 Brad decided to take one last shot at an acting career.
He said: “I’ve always loved acting and was in a few productions in Aberdeen and one in Dundee, but I’d also had my share of knock backs.”
Brad took to the AECC stage playing the lead in Aberdeen’s Passion Play in 2014.
He said: “After that performance I found it hard to go back to my day job, so I thought okay, lets give this one final go and if not then maybe it’s not for me.”
Brad applied to the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which boasts Sir Daniel Day-Lewis and Sir Patrick Stewart as alumni.
He said: “There were 3,000 applicants fighting it out for 20 spots, so I didn’t think I’d stand a chance.”
“But I began to progress through the various stages and workshops, and before I knew it my wife and I were moving to Bristol.”
More than two years on and Brad is celebrating landing his first role on the West End stage.
He said: “I went for the Twelfth Night audition completely flustered and thought it was a disaster.
“But I was over the moon when they told me I had the part.”
Opening on February 22 and running into April, the performances will also be broadcast to more than 650 cinemas across the UK on April 6.