AN ACTOR from Kirklees was chosen for a leading role in a brand new internet sitcom.

Pietro Herrera, a 27-year-old from Shelley, moved to Bristol to shoot the Brian Jackson Show.

Each of the six episodes starring Pietro can now be viewed online for free.

The internet show, written by Mark Marlow, invites viewers to enter the world of 25-year-old wheeler-dealer Brian Jackson and his three house mates.

Pietro told the Examiner when he travelled down to London for his interview he wasn’t quite right for the lead role of Brian.

He said: “They were looking for a short, podgy older man with a beard.

“I couldn’t grow a beard if my life depended on it.”

“But it was something I was desperate to get.

“I did a lot of research for it and was delighted to get it.”

Pietro played a small part in ITV soap Emmerdale back in 2006.

He said: “It was good, really fun, and everyone was really nice.

“It was really scary though, I was absolutely terrified because it was my first TV job.”

The actor is now looking forward to his first lead role in the internet sitcom and is hoping it proves to be popular.

He said: “My character is a bit of a Del Boy and is always thinking up schemes to make money.

“He is a likeable character and he’s got a certain charm but he’s a wheeler-dealer and really interesting to play.”

Pietro spent his childhood in Shelley, where his mum Jean still lives at Huddersfield Road.

The actor went to Shelley First School, Shelley High School and then on to Huddersfield Technical College before university.

He said: “I’ve still got a lot of friends in Shelley and I get a warm feeling whenever I come back to Huddersfield.

“I like sleeping in my own bed at home and looking out of the window on to the beautiful countryside.”

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The website contains a warning that the material is for over-18s.