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College Student Stars with Film and Music Legends

A Coleg Llandrillo Performing Arts student realised one of his dreams recently after he gained an acting role in an American multi-award-winning mockumentary series, sharing screentime with legends Dame Helen Mirren and Tom Jones!

Kyle Whitfield, 31 from Colwyn Bay, featured in an episode of the hit series ‘Documentary Now!’. The Season 4 episode, ‘How They Through Rocks’, is a story about a Welsh small-town hero, and was filmed earlier this year around the Betws-y-Coed area.

Kyle is joined in the episode by showbiz legends Dame Helen Mirren, Tom Jones, Trystan Gravelle and Sam Wilson, to name but a few. Multi-award-winning ‘Documentary Now!’ is an American mockumentary television series created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas. It is produced by AMC/IFC and was shown in the USA originally, but is now airing on Amazon Prime in the UK.

Kyle said: “What an amazing time; it was like a dream. I was in college when I answered a casting call for the series. They wanted a video of me saying a few lines and a series of headshot photos. After a nail-biting wait, I was informed that I had got the part! They then sent me the paperwork: contracts, dates for filming, payments etc.

“It was a truly enriching experience. Everyone on set was fantastic, even the director took time out to advise me. As we all stayed in the same Airbnb, the cast were really open, sharing industry tips with me. It has been a dream of mine to be an actor since childhood, ever since I saw the film ‘Home Alone’.

“I initially trained to be a chef at Coleg Llandrillo, but my passion is for acting so I changed my college course to Performing Arts. The course is absolutely amazing: the tutors are first-class; they provide the tools for you to succeed.”

After finishing his college course, Kyle is going to study for a degree in TV & Film Production at Salford University. After completing that, Kyle plans to move to the USA to follow his dream further.

For more information on Performing Arts courses, or any other courses at Coleg Llandrillo, contact the college’s Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.