South African born Ido Drent is the newest face to join the cast of Shortland Street, playing the role of rebellious teen Daniel Potts. Fresh back from Samoa with his Mum Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing), Daniel quickly makes his mark on Ferndale.
Ido did a little bit of speech and drama at high school, but it wasn’t until 2007 that he decided he’d like to pursue acting seriously. Ido has featured in six television commercials, and it was while he was doing these that he ‘caught the acting bug.’
Ido is currently a student in the Meisner Acting course, following in the footsteps of several other Shortland Street actors. He also worked for several years as a model in the fashion industry.
“I studied business at university and worked in the property development industry for a while,” says Ido Drent. “But I then discovered that I really enjoyed performing so thought I owed it to myself to give it a proper shot.”
Ido was delighted at the opportunity to work on Shortland Street, describing it as his first big break.
“It’s been such a great experience and challenge already,” says Drent. “Everyone at Shortland Street has been incredibly supportive and encouraging. It’s very close knit and there’s a great vibe.”
“I feel so lucky to be where I am, and really stoked that all of my hard work paid off so quickly!” says Drent.
Daniel Potts is an articulate and intelligent teenager, whose main interest is computers, sport and making friends with the ‘in crowd’. Daniel has very little understanding of his mother’s Multiple Sclerosis, but has used it as an excuse to return to New Zealand where, instead of caring for his mother, he plans to party and enjoy himself as much as possible.
Though Ido and his character Daniel are very different from each other, Ido recognises a couple of similarities too.
“I’d say we’re both fairly focused on what we want, both determined and both pretty cheeky!” says Drent.
Watch Shortland Street this week to get to know Ido Drent in his new challenge as character Daniel Potts.
If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Shortland Street will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘on demand’ button.
Photo: Ido Drent (Daniel Potts).