A former Walsall College Performing Arts students landed a part in BBC serial drama ‘Doctors’, just a month after achieving his qualification in August.
Sunjay Midda, 19 from Wolverhampton, studied Level 3 Performing Arts at the college and is now set to make his TV debut on Monday 14th December. He will play the part of a 15-year boy, Shakib Hanif, the son of midwife, Ruhma Hanif, in the soap.
Screened on weekday lunchtimes on BBC One, Doctors is set in a busy Midlands practice following the turbulent lives and loves of the staff and patients. First broadcast in 2000, it is now watched by around 2 million viewers.
Sunjay has previously appeared in commercials for brands, JD Sport and M&M Direct, and also in a production at the Birmingham Hippodrome, but the role in Doctors is his first major acting part. He filmed six episodes in September which air in December and January and he will also be filming more episodes early next year.
He said: “This really is a dream come true. Acting has always been what I wanted to do so to get a role on a mainstream television show watched by millions feels amazing.”
After completing his GCSEs, Sunjay initially stayed on at sixth form to do A-levels and tried a few different courses before he decided to follow his dream and study performing arts at Walsall College, where his passion was really sparked.
He said: “I was really excited about coming to Walsall College as it had just been rated outstanding and I was inspired by former students who had gone on to do well in the industry.
“My time at the college definitely lived up to my expectations and It’s given me a great platform to start my career. I gained a lot of experience and developed my skills performing in a range of shows to live audiences in the college’s Venue theatre. Through the college’s links to the Hippodrome, I also got the chance to audition for a production of Swan Lake and was thrilled when I was chosen for a part.
“Learning about the business side of the industry while at college really prepared for me for what the industry is like and I signed up to WGM Talent who got me the audition for this role in Doctors.”
“I’m now working alongside experienced actors in a job I love, and hopefully this is just the beginning. It would be great to appear in films and who knows maybe one day even win awards.”
Performing Arts Tutor, Paul Evans, who taught Sunjay during his time at the college, said: “We are delighted for Sunjay’s success. As well as having a natural talent, he also displayed the drive and determination it takes to succeed in the competitive industry, so this is no surprise at all. I believe his is a name we will be hearing a lot of.”