Agyness Deyn on going from catwalk queen to big screen in Pusher

The British supermodel makes her feature film acting debut in new gangster thriller, Pusher – and has talked about the “amazing experience”.

The film stars Richard Coyle as an East London drug dealer who grows increasingly desperate after a botched get rich quick scam leaves him with a large debt to repay to a ruthless drug lord. Deyn plays his love interest.

Pusher is a remake of a Danish film of the same name by Nicolas Winding Refn – director of Drive – and, according to Coyle, that sets it apart from other London gangster tales.

He explained: "One of the things I liked about it is it's a re-make of a Danish movie by a Spaniard who lives in Italy, but it's set in London. So, I feel like it's a very different take on a London story. It's something else."

Deyn, who shot to fame as a model, is new to the acting game and "Pusher" is her first movie role. For the 29-year-old, starring in the the film was a great learning experience.

She said: "I've learnt so much, and I feel like doing this has aided me. I've gone on to then do the theatre and other things, so it's been a major building block.”

Deyn grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire and despite leaving there at 16 to pursue modelling, she's still kept her local accent. She even has it in the movie.

"I think it's really hard to lose. I've been living in America for six years and not had the chance to lose it yet," said Deyn, who recently married American actor Giovanni Ribisi.

  • Directed by Luis Prieto and executive produced by Nicolas Winding Refn, Pusher hits UK cinemas on October 12.