AN emerging actor, who is in the new film Walk Like A Panther, has come home with a trophy from the prestigious Short Film Show Awards.

Daniel Jeffrey described winning best actor in his self-penned short film, The Victim, as the best moment in his life.

Judges were impressed by the former Bridgewater High student's feature about sexual assault from the perspective of a male victim.

The film has already picked up eight global accolades but the Short Film Show nod was the most important one to Daniel, from Grappenhall, as the awards night has links to Sky TV and will increase his exposure in the industry.

The 17-year-old said: "The night was amazing. I travelled down to Nottingham with my granddad, Paul Jeffrey.

"There was champagne and wine on arrival for everyone but myself as unfortunately I’m not yet 18!

"I spotted that the award I had been nominated for – best actor – was 12th to be announced.

"I was so glad so that I could brace myself on the off-chance that I won the award.

"As soon as the presenter Jemma Forte spoke my name, I leap up out of my seat so quickly that I nearly knocked my granddad out.

"It was the best moment of my life so far and I’m so grateful for the award. After accepting the award, I was escorted out of the room and into the interviewing room where I was asked a series of questions about myself as an actor, my film and what I advice I would give to young, aspiring actors and filmmakers.

"It was an absolutely brilliant night filled with talented people across the spectrum of film and performance.

"I cannot possibly thank the Short Film Show team enough for my award and may it be the first of many."