Agyness Deyn heads to the stage as her acting career takes flight

Posted by Dean Piper On January 30th, 2011

Supermodel Agyness Deyn is ditching the industry that made her famous to become a respected actress.
The skinhead model has been in intensive acting classes for the past few months in Los Angeles and has finally decided to bite the bullet and come home to pursue her love of the trade – putting all modelling plans on hold for the foreseeable.
I can reveal she will be appearing in a big play in Manchester in the Spring.
My sources tell me androgynous Aggy has bagged the leading role in renowned scriptwriter Matt Greenhalgh’s new play – an un-announced monologue. Matt’s the writer behind Sam Taylor Wood’s hit flick Nowhere Boy and 2007′s hit film Control starring Samantha Morton and Sam Riley.
My mole tells me: “Agyness is thrilled things have been going so well. She desperately wants to be taken seriously as an actress and everyone that she’s been reading for or auditioning for is saying she’s truly talented.
“She’s bagged the part in Matt’s new play and she couldn’t be happier about it. She wants to learn the ropes and start on the stage. Not just trade in on her model credentials. She earned the part in the play and she’s ready to put the hard work in.
“As far as she’s concerned she’s not interested in modeling in the foreseeable. Obviously if a huge job came along that paid good money then she wouldn’t knock it down. But other than that – she’s now an actress first and foremost. She’s not interested in modeling as a career ever again.”
The star has already received praise for her first small role – making her debut in a 13-minute short titled Mean to Me directed by Peter McGough and co-starring The Wings of the Dove star Linus Roache.
She recently explained her love of acting saying: “It’s the opposite of modelling. You have to be so vulnerable and be something of a vessel, whereas in modelling you have to appear very strong.”
The star, who’s currently single and fancy free, has also taken it upon herself to set a more personal challenge. She’s entered the Virgin London Marathon and is training hard for the run on April 17.
As well as raising money for charity in the process she’s enjoying spending time training with her brother Greg and the pair are running together. A source adds: “Aggy’s always been into running and has wanted to do the marathon for years. So she said so long as Greg did it she would join him. But the deal is Greg must stay with her throughout the whole run. And he’s agreed.”
Nice one! Aggy’s one class act if you ask me.

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