Declan Michael Laird grew up in Glasgow during which he concentrated mostly on football playing from a young age. Once leaving high school, he signed a 2 year contract with his local professional side and juggled his time between football and his college course in Television Production and achieved an HNC qualification.
When injury ended his promising football career, Declan got himself into acting after a family vacation to Los Angeles. Shortly after this he secured his first television role in Scottish soap ‘River City’ and several short films while back in Britain. In August 2011 he began studying at The Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Los Angeles on a 100% scholarship, the first to receive this prestigious honour since Robert De Niro. Declan’s credits in LA include a television pilot for the CBS network, a Coca Cola Commercial for the 2014 World Cup, a Chevrolet commercial and a new web series called Camp Abercorn which will film in Portland, Oregon in October of 2014.
He said: ‘’I love my Dunmore Harris Tweed satchel (£130), it’s almost as if I am carrying a wee piece of home with me wherever I go in Los Angeles. It is ideal for carrying my scripts, laptop and anything else I would have on a day to day basis. All while looking quite dapper, who can beat that?’