Westside actor takes on the globe

Liam Ferguson, 19, plays a young Wolf West in Westside, the six-part prequel to Outrageous Fortune.
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Liam Ferguson, 19, plays a young Wolf West in Westside, the six-part prequel to Outrageous Fortune.

Tackling a younger version of Outrageous Fortune's notorious Wolf West character was a daunting task for Liam Ferguson.

"I watched all the series and prepared so when I auditioned they were like: 'Wow you know Wolf so well'."

But the former Mt Albert Grammar School student says the experience on Westside was a learning curve, having not acted in a television series before.

"For the first few episodes I was a bit shaky. I was still finding my feet and learning how to screen act."

The 18-year-old says on top of that was the awkwardness of sex scenes and mastering the Westie persona.

"I basically had only ever done Shakespeare and as a kid I put a lot of importance on diction and enunciation."

"So to be a surly teenager who grows up to be a criminal was a completely different acting experience."

Ferguson is off to England on a trip with New Zealand's top young Shakespearean actors to visit Stratford-upon-Avon and train and perform at the Globe Theatre.

"I've been obsessed with Shakespeare for quite a long time.

"To perform on that stage, it is almost spiritual."

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When he's not acting Ferguson is knuckling down in his first year at The University of Auckland in the hopes of becoming a doctor.

"I grew up asking my dad questions about acting around the dinner table. He played a Shortland Street villain back in the day," Ferguson says.

"Seeing the acting world up close and being part of it I always knew it wasn't what I wanted to do as a career."

 - Stuff

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