From the Greater Manchester borough of Oldham, via Lancashire, a Hull chip shop and some bar work in London, Agyness Deyn's supermodel fairy tale was complete when designer Henry Holland spotted her shopping in Kentish Town.
Despite an enviable career that took her to the covers of Vogue and Time magazines, Deyn quit modelling in 2009, aged just 26, to focus on a career in acting. Hardly the first model with screen aspirations, Deyn was cast in the 2010 remake of 'Clash of the Titans' as Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty and sex.
These themes of pleasure and procreation reappear in her forthcoming stage debut, in the four-hander The Leisure Society, directed by Harry Burton. Billed as 'deliciously offensive', the plot for The Leisure Society centres on a self-obsessed young couple who invite their friend and his young lover to dinner. Quoting directly, the evening then 'nosedives into a drunken swamp of debauchery'.
Amid the intimate setting of the Trafalgar Studios, The Leisure Society promises a heady, hedonistic mix of pleasure and drama in an age where 'getting everything can mean having nothing'.
Agyness Deyn's stage debut sees her cast alongside theatre royalty Ed Stoppard, son of Tom and Miriam, who recently starred as computing pioneer Alan Turing in 'Britain's Greatest Codebreaker' and the TV mini-series sequel of 'Upstairs, Downstairs'.
The Leisure Society runs at London's Trafalgar Studios from Tuesday 28th February to Saturday 24th March. Performances are nightly, except Sundays, and include matinée shows on Thursdays and Saturdays (at 3pm).
We have tickest available now for all dates, priced from £26.50, rising to £32.50 for the best weekend seats.