A SOUTHAMPTON-born actor is starring in the new BBC One comedy The Outlaws which has wowed UK audiences.

Scott Rose-Marsh, 33, from Harefield, attended Woodlands Community College before gaining a place at the Brit School in London aged 16.

After leaving the performing arts school and battling addiction, Scott found himself working in telesales in Wales before his big break.

He said: "It was only two years ago I got back into acting.

"I was working in a call centre in Wales when I thought to myself 'I wish I continued with the acting' so I sent a video of myself to a local agency and it all stemmed from there. Four months later I quit my job and here I am.

"Acting is something I have always wanted to do, I was so unhappy at my old job."

Daily Echo: Scott Rose-Marsh from Southampton in Stephen Merchant's The OutlawsScott Rose-Marsh from Southampton in Stephen Merchant's The Outlaws

Since that time, Scott has starred in a number of productions.

He bagged himself a part in S4C drama Yr Amgueddfa (The Museum) before landing his role in Stephen Merchant's The Outlaws.

The six-part series is about seven strangers serving community payback sentences renovating a building in Bristol.

Scott was cast as a gang member, and can be seen at the end of episode one as well as upcoming episodes.

Scott said: "How I got this role is a bit of an unusual one. I had a phone call with someone in the production team who said Stephen Marchant really loved my photo and they needed me to sell myself.

"It was a complete stroke of luck.

"My part is not a massive role but you can see me throughout the series. Filming was tiring but good fun."

Scott is hoping that his success in the world of acting will inspire other actors from Southampton to follow their dreams.

He said: "My career just goes to show you can do it. For me, it doesn't matter if I am an extra or have a main role, I just want to work all the time.

"It's definitely important to have role models from Southampton.

"Southampton is quite a large, main city but there is no film community there like there is in Cardiff or London.

"It's really important to support other people. I want to see people do well.

"The music industry is different to acting. It's very unusual for music producers to sign a pop star in their 50s, for example, but there is always a role for someone in acting. There is no limit to it."

Scott's upcoming roles include George Cornell in Code of Silence and he will also feature in Chloe, a new BBC drama.