Hartlepool star of The Intern says thanks for support


A HARTLEPOOL-born actor says he has been “overwhelmed” with the response from people in the town since appearing on a reality TV show which was watched by a million people.

Former Brierton School pupil Dan Westwood starred as a contestant on Channel 4 reality TV show The Intern, with Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Hilary Devey.

The 27-year-old battled it out against two other contestants for their dream job as a journalist on national newspaper The Sunday Sport.

And although Dan did not win the show and land himself the job, he has been offered some part-time work at the paper.

The show has also seen Dan offered a meeting with bosses at Heat magazine for potential work, and he has also landed himself a small part in hit Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks as a gay nurse called Aaron for three episodes.

The town star, who has previously appeared in Coronation Street as Kylie Platt’s pal Ralph, said: “It’s quite bizarre to think the show I was in was watched by one million people!

“The response from people in the town has been great as well. I’ve had a lot of support and nice messages on Facebook, and people coming up to me in the street, so it’s all been received really well.

“The Hollyoaks job is exciting so fingers crossed something comes from that, and then I’m going to speak with Heat about possibly doing some writing for them too.”

Dan, who grew up in Cornwall Street, off Oxford Road, said: “It’s been really busy but I like being busy.

“I’m just trying to juggle everything at the minute.”

Dan, who also stars in CBeebies programme Justin’s House with kids’ favourite Mr Tumble, said he hopes his success inspires other people from the town.