AN amateur actor who did not get his start on the stage until he was in his 50s is set to star in a feature film.

David Lye, 64, of Little Clacton, got a late start to his acting career.

He came across a flyer for an amateur theatre group in 2005 and has never looked back.

And he has now secured the role of a lifetime, starring in independent thriller Bang Snap.

David said he started acting by chance.

“My acting career started completely by accident really,” he said.

“I was doing a table sale at Holland Public Hall in 2005 and happened to spot a notice for a local theatre group up on the board.

“I thought that might be the sort of thing I’d enjoy doing so I joined up and never looked back. I think it’s in my blood.”

David eventually moved on to join the Clacton Amateur Dramatic Society and has dazzled on the West Cliff Theatre stage in several different productions.

He signed up to an online agency and secured a few minor roles through the website.

But he was amazed when he was contacted through the agency with an offer to play the lead role in Bang Snap.

He is currently shooting scenes for the film, which will be completed in the coming months.

Bosses plan to enter Bang Snap into various film festivals in the UK and abroad, as far afield as the USA and Japan.