In addition to being a lauded former athlete and previously being named Australian of the Year, Dylan Alcott is planning to add yet another string to his bow after revealing that he is set to give acting a go.
Following an impressive professional tennis career in which Alcott achieved a Golden Slam, the beloved 33-year-old will soon be taking to the stage in the role of Narrator for the legendary Rocky Horror Show.
“Super pumped to join this incredible production of the iconic THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW,” Alcott said in a statement.
“Couldn’t think of a better opportunity for my first theatre production, feeling very grateful. Can’t wait to get to work and rock it out on stage in Sydney.”
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Enthusiastic fans eagerly anticipated the beloved former athlete’s latest venture, with many marvelling at his willingness to embrace new challenges and “try anything.”
“Woohoo!!! This is awesome!!!” one wrote.
“When is opening night? This is the best news. Congratulations.”
“This is so great Dylan! You’ll have a ball.”
“An amazing man ready to try anything ….. just grab the opportunities and go with them. You make everyone so proud of you,” commented another.
“Is there no end to your incredible talent & enthusiasm for living your best life?”
Alcott has previously hinted at catching the acting bug, telling Body+Soul Magazine about his plans to turn his attention towards the entertainment industry alongside his partner Chantelle Otten.
“I want to try a bit of acting, which I’m excited about,” he told the publication at the time.
“I think it will be fun and I think I can be good at it. We have a few little leads already.”
Alcott’s entertainment aspiration comes as little surprise after he previously won the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent at the 2019 Logies.
“Growing up, I never saw anyone like me on TV, so I was honoured to win a Logie, but it’s definitely not as cool as an Oscar,” he said.
“There are so many roles where someone is a paraplegic and they’re just sitting in a wheelchair. We could do that. Blind actors, people with Down syndrome, why not? The time for that is changing and if I could be involved in that in a small way, I would love to do it.”
Amidst the dazzling spotlight of Alcott’s burgeoning acting aspirations, his prowess on the tennis court will long stand as an equally mesmerising feat.
Alcott had an impressive career on the court. At the young age of 16, Alcott showed a talent for tennis, ranking among the top five juniors in the world.
He won the New Zealand Open in 2014 and in July of the same year he defeated world number three Andy Lapthorne in the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championship final in Nottingham to win his first Super Series crown.
He finished 2015 ranked number one after winning eight titles which included two grand slam titles.
Alcott made history in 2021, becoming the third professional tennis player to achieve a Golden Slam after securing wins in the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, the US Open and the singles gold medal at the 2020 Summer Paralympics.