A GROUP of theatre fans enjoyed an audience with Waiting for God star Daniel Hill after the actor stepped in at the last minute.
The Friends of Devonshire Park Theatre were due to hear from Poirot’s Philip Jackson, only for him to cancel, leaving the group without a speaker at their fast-approaching event.
However, the Friends’ chairman Angela Hughes got in touch with one of the group’s patrons, Simon Shepherd, who pulled a few strings to help find a replacement.
And his life-long friend Daniel Hill stepped in – giving a very amusing and informative talk.
Daniel’s career began at the age of 12 when he was inspired by his first visit to the theatre. With the backing of his mother and father, he progressed via drama school to have a successful career of stage, screen and television spanning 40 years.
As he said, it beat working in a builders’ merchants counting screws.
The actor is mainly known for his portrayal of Harvey Bains, the retirement home manager in Waiting for God, and revealed, “It lasted 47 episodes and type-cast me for five years.”
He went on to make more than 100 TV appearances, and has appeared in a host of stage plays and films.
A spokesman for the Friends said, “He proved to be a very engaging speaker, and captivated his audience with his cameos of people he has met during his career, providing inside information about household names such as Terry Scott, June Whitfield, Lenny Henry, Stephanie Cole and Frank Finlay.”