Dales Jones is an actor from West Yorkshire who has appeared in various TV shows including: This is England; Hollyoaks; and, most recently, Fresh Meat.
What made you want to become an actor?
At school I was never interested in drama, I was all about the music, but I got a call from the Yamaha FSIE national owners' club who wanted to know if I was interested in appearing with my bike in This is England. I sent in a photo of myself and ended up riding next to one of the main characters.
Taking drama at college is what made me really consider it as a career though. I couldn't imagine doing a 9 to 5 job. I want adventure!
How did you feel when you got the part on Fresh Meat?
When my agent rang me and said they'd spoken to Fresh Meat's producer who wanted me for the show I was incredibly excited. I was also a little apprehensive as this was my first feature role and I don't know what to expect, but overall I was really chuffed.
Were the Fresh Meat cast friendly?
As I had a feature role the assistant director introduced me to everyone during my first day on set. They all came over to shake my hand and some invited me to get coffee with them. Another cast member invited me to his upcoming comedy gig in Leeds. It was surreal as I'm used to being an extra and the main cast don't usually speak to extras.
What was the most challenging aspect of the role?
Probably the schedule. For early starts I had to be up at 04:30, hit the road to Manchester, sign in etc. Everything was such a rush. Then on set I had to act relaxed. It's difficult to go from two extremes.
What was your favourite moment on set?
Extras often get called the day before a job and have to start at 6am. Then they might not use you! As I had a feature role they had specific times that they needed me so sometimes I got to strut in at 1pm. It felt great!
What can we expect to see you in next?
Shana Furse, the voice of Iggle Piggle in In the Night Garden Live, contacted me to do a monologue. She wants to work with me but I'm afraid I can't give too much away.
My agent has lined up a few auditions in the near future. I'm still happy to do extra work but hopefully I'll get some more featured roles now. I want to rock my snakeskin boots on telly a bit more!
|Dale plays 'Gary the goth' in Fresh Meat|