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Star of new BBC Scotland documentary is talent agent from Dornoch in Sutherland

By Caroline McMorran

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A DORNOCH native who runs a talent agency is set to star in a new documentary for BBC Scotland called Talent.

Former model and actress Sonia Scott Mackay, now based in Glasgow, has more than 5000 people on her books, mainly comprising 'real people' from octogenarian stuntmen to naked body doubles.

Talent agent Sonia Scott Mackay. Picture: Simon Murphy.
Talent agent Sonia Scott Mackay. Picture: Simon Murphy.

The show tells of their journey in Scotland's growing entertainment industry as they try to secure their place in the spotlight.

It focuses on four hopeful film and TV extras – paramedic Emma; Stepz tribute performer Davey; double amputee Brianne; and extra Evans.

Dressed to impress and flanked by a French bulldog, Sonia is determined to make their dreams come true.

Sonia, who has been on Come Dine with Me and was also in the opening scenes of Trainspotting 2, has said her mother Shona Mackay and sister Sophie, feature in the show.

She added that popular restaurant La Mirage in Helmsdale, famed for its quirky decor, also gets a mention.

Sonia set up her talent agency after noticing a rising trend in film and TV productions coming to the city.

Having experienced the cut throat lows of being a "talent" herself, she has a softer approach to agent life and sees the potential in literally everyone.

Talent is scheduled to go live next Tuesday, December 7, at 10pm.

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