Model performance: Agyness Deyn takes to the stage

 

Agyness Deyn is to attempt the transition from walking the catwalk to treading the boards, with a West End debut pencilled in for early next year. The role in The Leisure Society may not be too much of a problem for the supermodel, as it was described yesterday as a "toxic comedy" that offers a "glimpse into a grotesque world of self-indulgent excess". Ms Deyn will play Paula, a "promiscuous free spirit" invited to the dinner party of a self-obsessed professional couple that spirals out of control.

She lines up alongside Ed Stoppard, whose West End credits include The Glass Menagerie and the BBC sequel to Upstairs, Downstairs.

The play, by Canadian dramatist François Archambault, will be performed at the "intimate" Trafalgar Studio 2, which can hold an audience of just 98, from early March. Ms Deyn has already made a brief film appearance, in 2010's Clash of the Titans, as Aphrodite. She is set to appear in her first major film role in Pusher, which is in post-production.

Modelling peers who have recently turned to acting include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who received mixed reviews for her performance in Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon. Lily Cole received better treatment at the hands of the critics for her role as Valentina in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

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