Two weeks ago I asked Beauty & the Geek Australia host Bernard Curry if the geeks on his show were the real deal.
There had, after all, been previous contestants who were shown to be far more wordly than the way they were depicted on screen.
“This year 100% there are no performers whatsoever,” he told me.
But today’s Sunday Telegraph claims that Bendeguz Daniel Devenyi-Botos, signed up to the program to boost his acting career.
He says producers were aware he was an actor and approached him to be on the show after seeing him acting.
On a website for independent theatre outfit Shakespeare by the Sea he is listed as a Stage Manager, but with Acting credits:
TRAINING: Dip. Theatre Performance Sydney Theatre School, The Core from The Actors College of Theatre and Television and The Power of Performance from Actors Centre Australia STAGE. Among his more recents stage work includes: Twelfth Night, Find Me and Defenceless Inarticulate and Screaming For Attention for STS. Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime for GTS. Interrogate, Bare Boards for ACTT. Forging Ahead ACA. Speak Truth To Power for IGS and numerous productions for ATYP. SCREEN. Short films include; The Adventures of Dead Girl and Convenience. He also appeared in the Web series The Reaper.
A Seven spokesman tells the newspaper, “Bendeguz is currently studying history at university and his love of historical events is how he is identified on the show. Acting, among other pursuits outside of uni, is also an interest of his.”
But his biog on the show’s website doesn’t mention anything about Acting.
“I have no idea why (they) chose not to mention that I’m an actor,” he says.
In 2009 one contestant, Corin Storkey, was found to have fathered a child while in 2010 Daniel Iachini was reported has having had several girlfriends in the past, including a long term relationship of 18 months.