A PROMISING young actor is hoping to follow in the footsteps of James Bond and Doctor Who.
Daniel Moss, 17, from Tewkesbury Avenue, South Shore, successfully won a place in the National Youth Theatre and will act alongside the country’s best young talent.
The group’s alumni includes the current 007 Daniel Craig and time lord Matt Smith as well as Little Britain star David Walliams – and Daniel is confident he can follow their lead.
He told The Gazette: “I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out I had got a place.
“There was a lot of screaming and shouting and everyone is really proud.
“I can’t describe how amazed and surprised I was to be one of 500 selected.
“It’s such a thrill, and to be following the likes of Daniel Craig and Matt Smith is remarkable.
“It’s my dream to be as successful as them and if I could become as great as those two actors it would be absolutely exceptional.”
By winning a place in the prestigious group, Daniel now has access to exclusive acting workshops in London and will be one of the first to be told about auditions.
The former pupil at St Bede’s Catholic High School in Lytham is the only person from the Fylde coast to be inducted into the select group this year and he was selected following a tough audition at The Lowry theatre in Salford.
Daniel also names the former St Bede’s pupil Stephen Tompkinson as his inspiration.
The star of Ballykissangel and Wild At Heart has had a successful career since leaving the Fylde school.
And Daniel was presented with the annual Stephen Tompkinson Award, which recognises acting talent, during his time at high school.
He added: “My interest in acting originated in primary school when I did a nativity play.
“From that point I got a buzz and a rush from performing in front of people and I still get that thrill and excitement of performing now.
“Now there are parts I can take on anywhere in the whole of the UK.”
Daniel currently studies Drama and Performing Arts at Cardinal Newman College in Preston where he is in his second year.
His mum, Maxine Moss, 44, said her son deserved a place in the National Youth Theatre after excelling in acting at school.
She added: “He auditioned last year and they were surprised to see him back because they thought he would have got in last time based on the performance he gave.
“It’s very exciting and great news for him because he really wanted to get in, and we are all absolutely thrilled.
“He has always excelled at acting and I hope this is a boost up the ladder for him.”