BUDDING Merseyside actors have two days left to apply for this year’s National Youth Theatre.

Applications for the prestigious body close on Saturday.

Previous members of the youth theatre include Doctor Who Matt Smith, Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens, and Great Expectations’ Douglas Booth.

James Bond star Daniel Craig, who was raised in Hoylake, was also a member after successfully auditioning in Liverpool.

The NYT, the leading platform for showcasing young British talent, will hold acting auditions and technical interviews in Liverpool next month.

Successful applicants will join what was the world’s first youth theatre in a landmark year as it performs the 2012 Olympic Welcome Ceremonies and stages epic shows around the world.

Member Nick Sheedy, 22, from Aigburth, said: “NYT has given me opportunities to perform and develop my acting skills beyond my expectations.

“Appearing on stage at the National Theatre, in The Prince of Denmark, was a particular high.”

Applications are open now for 14 to 21-year-olds at www.nyt.org.uk/apply