I MENTIONED in last week’s column that I had booked my first audition of the year.

It went really well and I got a call back, where I met the director, who is very well known and respected in the industry.

The call back went great and I really enjoyed acting my scenes and being in front of the camera.

I am now in the final three, so fingers crossed.

It's only a small role, but it's great for my CV and to work with top professionals.

I also have other auditions lined up for much bigger roles, so I am constantly putting myself out there.

I believe some of you have spotted me on several walk-on roles, with one reader commenting that when watching television he now plays the game Spot the Devlin!

That made me smile. Thank you all for the lovely comments you leave me, they really are very much appreciated.

Do keep your eyes peeled as you never know where I might pop up next!

Although I have studied method acting in London, New York and here in Manchester, my path into acting is a little different from the norm.

I started out working for a crew company, delivering and erecting sets, stages and lighting rigs for stage and screen.

I used my working-class background to my advantage, working hard as a crew member learning my way around a set and learning the terminology used on a set and also earning a living for doing so.

It made perfect sense to me.

I worked on major stages across the UK and at television studios.

My personal highlight was working on A Question of Sport and meeting one of my boxing heroes Barry McGuigan.

From there, I signed with an agency and began doing background work; learning the ropes in front of the camera.

I learned so much from this. I watched the main cast acting, hitting their marks and my knowledge of lighting and camera angles really came in useful.

I got to the point where I was regularly asked for and gained a reputation as a person who took direction well and always being punctual.

It's also amazing how just by having good manners opened so many doors for me!

Now, I have progressed to acting roles and as you know I am now auditioning and being seen by all the top casting directors.

It's been a long, hard road and it's not over yet. In many ways it's only just begun.

There’s a phrase that overnight success takes 20 years to achieve ­— I'm about due!

Throughout the year, I will keep you posted on my progress and it's lovely to share it with you all.

It's great to know you have my back in the toughest industry there is.

Thank you and see you next week.