Summer Bay brings Leeton actor to the screen

FIRST stop Summer Bay, next stop Hollywood?

This is something that could be on the cards for Leeton actor Jake Speer (pictured right), who has landed the role of a lifetime on popular Australian soap opera Home and Away.

Jake auditioned for the part of Oscar earlier this year just prior to shooting the documentary Leeton � The Formative Years.

The first episode that Jake will star in hits the screen early next week.

"It's pretty incredible now that I'm able to talk about it ... obviously my close friends and family knew," he said.

"I've been on the show since April ... I didn't really know what to expect to start off with, but it's been fantastic.

"(One of the highlights) was meeting Ray Meagher who plays Alf ... he's a bit of a living legend of Australian TV.

"Everyone on the show is so laid back and really great to work with."

Jake's character is the nephew of school teacher Zac, who has been on the show for some time.

He is the twin brother of Evelyn (Philippa Northeast), with the pair introduced to the story when their uncle visits them after being made aware they may be part of a cult that their father has involved them in.

"I come into the show with a different kind of storyline ... it's not your everyday run-of-the-mill thing, so it's very exciting," Jake said.

"I've gotten to know Oscar quite well and I really like him.

"He's had a bit of an interesting journey so far."

After finishing high school Jake was accepted to study at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), but never dreamed he would pick up a part on a television show like Home and Away.

"I didn't think I had the right look or anything like that, but then Oscar came along, so it has all been very exciting," he said.

"Home and Away is so fast-paced, so the skills and techniques I learned at NIDA have definitely been put to use."

Home and Away has previously produced big names such as Ryan Kwanten, Naomi Watts, Heath Ledger and Chris Hemsworth, but Jake isn't getting too far ahead of himself.

"I'm not sure where it will take me ... I'm definitely just living in the moment and enjoying it all," he said.

However, the idea of fame is still something he's getting used to.

"I guess now I will have to be prepared for that sort of thing," Jake said.

Jake thanked the Leeton community for all of its support.

"Without them I probably wouldn't be where I am today," he said.

Jake is also starring in Australian film Backyard Ashes, with some exciting news about the movie on the way.

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