For those of you who don’t know, Dean is from Rotherham, he grew up in a musical household with both parents working as professional singers, unsurprisingly Dean got the show biz bug early on.
Dean’s career started with his love of musical theatre and he appeared in several productions with Phoenix Players in Yorkshire. In his early twenty’s Dean was able to begin to make a living in the industry performing in holiday resorts and on cruise ships.
Deans big break was when film director Ken Loach was looking for local people to appear in his film “The Navigators”. Dean has since appeared in many dramas including the iconic role of DS Ray Carling in the BBC Drama Life On Mars and Ashes to Ashes. Due to the success of this role Dean went on to star in The Case and has appeared in No Angels, Waterloo Road, True Dare Kiss and The Street, Kandahar Break and Marchlands. Dean’s most recent roles have included Robbie in the BAFTA award winning drama Last Tango in Halifax and a part in the play at the Royal Exchange, That Day We Sang.
Recently Dean went back to his family roots with Exclusive live sets on P&O. Dean loves the swing style and his personality is perfect for the charming rat pack era and performing on luxury cruise ships is a wonderful way to perform. Dean now 50 has worked really hard to achieve his success in the industry. We asked him a few questions on how he got here…..
Where did it all start for you Dean?
“I had a typical Rotherham background, have been a lifetime Rotherham United fan, and started work at Kirkby Central, a car dealership on Wellgate….My dad was a steelworker who used to sing in the clubs and I started doing that, doing a season at Skegness and then on the cruise ships”.
What was your big break?
“The Audition for the film The Navigators got me into films…..it was a fluke I suppose. They were looking for gritty, normal, local, ‘everyday characters’ and hundreds of us from the club scene auditioned. Now here I am…..I’m living proof that, with a bit of luck, and hard work you can get anywhere”
We teach a number of great young students that look at the Art world and it seems very daunting, what advice can you offer them?
“I want to get across to those sitting there in the classroom at school, wondering about their future, they could actually be the next big thing in the films, on stage or at the arena. One thing leads to another. With enough drive and ambition you can get anywhere.”
What made you want to lend your support to Harmony Music School?
“I have known Aubrey for years having worked with him in the early days and I’m proud to be patron of Harmony Music School….. The industry is hard but if you are able to hone your talent your chances are stronger than those who don’t dedicate themselves to it. I still practice and rehearse for my gigs (with the help of Aubs!). I think Harmony Music School is a great place to develop as an artist and I have no doubt that some of these talented students will make it”