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CELEBRITY HOPEFUL IN SHOP WINDOW ; Star struck David looks to TV 'reallife' show to open doors

August 4, 2013


FROM a young age David Stoker has chased the elusive status which comes with being in the limelight.

From singing, acting and modelling, this 24-year-old has tried it all to make his name known.

And now the Chester-le-Street, County Durham-born lad is hoping his latest project, starring in BBC Three's new TV series Shoplife, will help him cement a glittering career in show business.

"I have always wanted to be in the limelight, I have always wanted to perform, be a singer," he said.

"As a kid I was always in school plays, so yes, I have always wanted to be in the limelight," added David, who hit our screens, albeit briefly, on Thursday night.

The show follows 10 young people who work in Gateshead's Metrocentre and viewers get to watch how they balance their hopes with realities of work, the minimum wage, and nights out.

David, who is also Mr Newcastle and a former Mr England contestant, said he was scouted while he was working in clothing store Tucci.

"I was scouted by someone from the BBC and they asked if I wanted to do some screen tests for this show," he said.

"They wanted me to be one of the main parts, they said it would be following my real life struggles as a worker.

"It started off as being quite safe and just about work but then we started getting filmed on nights out and going camping, then also through relationship struggles and ever ything.

"They filmed us for three months and it was really stressful at times and I did lose my temper at times, having a camera in your face even when you wake up was hard," said David, a former pupil of The Hermitage School in Chester-le-Street.

And David revealed that at some point during the six-part series viewers may see him have a few run-ins with his bosses at the store.

"I am nervous about it airing because there was a lot of bad things happened in my job, a lot of negative things," he said.

"I am worried how it will come across and if it will create a bad image of me. There were also a lot of good things as well.

"I didn't lose my job but I was not working hard so I decided to leave but it turned out they were going to fire me anyway.

"So they filmed me trying to find work and filmed all my struggles. It was meant to be real life stuff," he added.

But for David, who is a singer/songwriter, he hopes that the show will propel him into the path of agents, leading to further opportunities in the limelight.

"This is hopefully going to give me a bit of exposure, a bit of a platform to go on to other things," he said.

"I hope that is the show is successful and that it could lead to other things.

"I was in Heat magazine this week which was great. I am looking for an agent as well off the back of this, an agent or a manager really," he added.

And as David's passion is his music, some of the filming involved following him as he performed at venues across Newcastle such as Livello and Liquid nightclub.

"I am getting music prepared at the moment," he said.

"I am hopeful for what the show might bring but at the moment I have to be realistic so I am starting a new job later this month," he added.

In terms of the cast of Shoplife being compared to that of Geordie Shore, David said he didn't think there was any danger of that.

"It is totally different to Geordie Shore, it is real life," he said.

"Geordie Shore is all set up but this is real stories, people believe it, that's why I feel the show could do good," said the ever hopeful singer.

Shoplife is broadcast on BBC Three on Thursdays at 9pm.

North looks safe-ish THEY say you are never too old to learn something new.

And boy did the cast of Shoplife give me some vital life lessons to think over.

First, there was shop assistant Abbie's pearls of wisdom to 'sushi waitress' Helen on her dreams of becoming a model: "Keep your t**s in your bra because glamour models are dogs, they are dogs," she shouts across the group's bar table.

Second, being called a 'hot mess' is a good thing according to 'donut king and drag queen' Jon. Also I'm not convinced I'd take his advice when it comes to shovelling donuts - 26 in one day is his record, you know.

And finally, apparently there aren't a lot of jobs around because of something called the recession. I have to thank 'skater boy' Joey's boss for that one - he wasn't condescending the poor lad at all...

But when all is said and done, the group actually came across as a hard-working bunch (for the most part) who just wanted to do the best for themselves.

They certainly came out with some questionable lines - such as Abbie lamenting how hard it was to have to buy high street make up over Estee Lauder - but I'm hopeful that the reputation of the North is in safe-ish hands with these young ones.


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