ARISING star from South Ruislip has joined a talented cast of well-known faces to perform in the West End show The Pretender Agenda.

Scott Hinds, 34, plays the character of down-trodden Robert, who is married to Gina.

The play is set in present-day London and tells the tale of six 'thirty-something' work colleagues whose lives change irreparably one scandalous evening, during which amultitude of secret agendas are revealed.

The Pretender Agenda also stars former boy-band member Lee Ryan, Lucy Benjamin, of EastEnders fame, and Emily Aston, who has appeared in Coronation Street, Heartbeat and Peak Practice.

Scott's desire, determination and drive finally paid off in landing this role.

"I used to teach tae-kwondo a few years ago and a student was training to be a stunt man. I thought it sounded really interesting and started working towards that goal," he says.

"I soon realised, though, that I had a strong interest in acting and a tutor told me that you should decide if you are going to be an actor or a stuntman. I chose acting, went to drama school and have appeared in some commercials and fringe theatre, but this role is one I'm really excited about.

"My character is rather dominated by his wife and, although he fears she's having an affair with her boss, he does not say anything because his confidence has been systematically chipped away by her.

"However, things come to a head at a dinner party and cause a real ripple effect through the lives of all involved.

"I was delighted to land this part and although the two weeks of rehearsals were intense, it's been a great experience so far."

The show is being staged at The New Players Theatre, which is steeped in history and has been lovingly restored in recent years.

The Players bar and restaurant is an established haunt for many high-profile actors, performers and musicians, so is a great place for celebrity spotting.

The Pretender Agenda runs until September 27 at The New Players Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2.

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