H from 'Steps' - real name Ian H Watkins - spent his 30th Birthday at the BBC's Radio Drama studio in Birmingham Mailbox recording an acting role for 'Silver Street', the BBC Asian Network's daily soap.
H plays the role of Dave, a survival skills expert who runs adventure weeks for inner city youths in the Welsh countryside. Dave leads a bunch of city kids from Silver Street's Parkside community centre through the rigours of outdoor pursuits. The urban crew soon find that their street smart attitude hasn't prepared them for abseiling, army assault courses, and sleeping under the stars. By the end of the week the rough edges have been knocked off a few of them, and a long running storyline begins with the revelation that the father of one of the lads was murdered.
Since leaving Steps, H has retrained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Music, and in New York. 'Silver Street' is his first work in Radio Drama. As well as discovering the particular skills of radio acting, H also had to speak some lines in Welsh.
Also making a special guest appearance in this particular storyline is British Asian artist J Skills, who will appear as himself and also mix an exclusive track for the soap.
Dave - Ian H Watkins
H will make the first of five daily appearances in 'Silver Street' from Monday 12th June.
Silver Street: 1.30pm weekdays; 2.00pm Sundays; 'All the time' online: bbc.co.uk/silverstreet
You can listen live to the BBC Asian Network on DAB Digital radio, online at www.bbc.co.uk/asiannetwork, via digital television on the following channels; Sky Digital 0119, Telewest & Broadband 912, NTL 867 and Freeview 709 as well as on the MW frequency in the Midlands.