An 80-year-old great-granddad who took part in a Peaky Blinders photoshoot has become one of the oldest male models in the UK.
Harry Mountain ran his own joinery business for decades before retiring in 1992 – 28 years before his looks were first recognised by the modelling industry.
Last year Harry was clocked by a friend and photographer who asked him to attend a shoot after one of the scheduled models backed out.
The OAP, from Lancashire, proved so successful in the Peaky Blinders-theme session that he was picked up by a national agency, which provides film and TV extras to various productions.
The dad-of-three is now champing at the bit for more camera time and has appealed to the film and TV world for work – specifically asking for a part in the next season of Peaky Blinders.
He said: ‘Whatever character you need, I’ll play. Before lockdown, I only had a moustache, now I’ve got the big white beard to match.
‘I can do all sorts now.’
Harry added: ‘I want to get in films and on TV, I wouldn’t mind being an extra on Peaky Blinders.
‘As you get older, you forget about your past and all that you have done and I’m really enjoying myself.
‘I want to find more work.’
Harry, a granddad-of-seven and great granddad-of-three left school at 16 and went on to run his own joinery business for 30 years.
In his younger days he also performed as a band member and a boxer.
Following a 30-year career in joinery, Harry retired in 1992 and moved to Spain for six years.
He was taken aback last year when his friend and photographer Brian Sandham invited him to his studio to take part in a shoot after one person dropped out.
Harry said: ‘He (Brian) told me to grab a cap, long coat and told me to pick up a Tommy gun – that’s how it started.’
Harry, who has been taking photographs himself for 40 years and is part of the Preston Photographic Society, added: ‘I’ve never been on the other side of the camera.
‘When I was younger nobody wanted to know, but now I’m a craggy crab they want my picture.’
After the success of his debut shoot, Harry had flyers made and advertised himself as a model.
Soon after that, The Casting Collective, a UK film and TV extras company, signed him up.
Harry landed his first job earlier this year but it was put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.
He said: ‘I was better off before this virus, I had a film lined up called vengeance that was shooting in Liverpool, but it’s been put on hold.
‘I had a couple of other jobs lined up too.’
Now that regulations are easing, Harry is eager to get back to business.
He said: ‘I’m enjoying this so much.
‘At my age, it’s something to do and it’s just for myself, I don’t have to listen to anybody apart from the ones telling me which pose to pull.’
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