A former policeman is the newest recruit to the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Barrie Palmer spent 30 years with the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, 22 of them as a scenes-of-crime officer.
But he harboured an ambition to be on the stage and in July 2002 quit his career to become an actor.
After graduating from a course at the Bristol Old Vic he has now been accepted into the RSC.
Fittingly, his debut role is the First Officer who arrests Antonio in Twelfth Night.
The production previews at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from April 22.
Mr Palmer, aged 53, will spend 18 months with the RSC and his next role will be in a production of The Comedy of Errors.
Before leaving the police force he acted as an adviser on shows such as Casualty, Silent Witness, Crimewatch File, Dalziel and Pascoe and Jonathan Creek.
But when he turned 50 he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time actor.
"Along with 1,400 other people I applied to Bristol Old Vic's weekend school.
"I failed first time around and spent the following year getting really fit. The next time I applied, my hard work paid off and I got in."