Sinbad actor Elliot Knight was snubbed for his good looks

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 July 2012
Elliot Knight

Elliot Knight

'Sinbad' actor Elliot Knight was snubbed for his good looks in drama school and told he would only ever get work on soaps like 'Hollyoaks'

'Sinbad' actor Elliot Knight thought he would never work because he was too good looking.

The 21-year-old - who has just landed the lead in Sky1's gripping new drama 'Sinbad' - has admitted his confidence was shaken after he was told at his Manchester-based drama school that he would only ever get a cheesy role in 'Hollyoaks' because of his rugged style.

Elliot recounted the incident in The Sun newspaper: "We had a week of TV training with this lovely actress. At the end of the week, she asked what roles we'd like to do, so I said I'd love to do something really dramatic.

"She told me, 'You're not bad looking so you might be good in 'Hollyoaks' or something but nothing else, no. It's just not going to happen.' She said it in front of the whole class."

Elliot now stars opposite Timothy Spall, Sophie Okonedo and Orla Brady in 'Sinbad', which sees his character set sail around the world on a ship after being cursed.

The rising star still can't believe how his luck has changed since being hand-picked to audition for the role, and is glad he never listened to his critics.

He added: "I was gutted. It's devastating to hear someone say you're not going to be able to do this.

"It just goes to show, never let anyone tell you what you're capable of, because they don't know at all."

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