Samantha Rollinson: darts’ new Young People’s Ambassador

Model Samantha Rollinson [photograph: Alasdair Mclennan]

We are thrilled to announce that Doncaster-born top model Samantha Rollinson is teaming up with darts to become our new Young People’s Ambassador.

Samantha will be involved in our work in a variety of ways, from online support to visiting us here at The Point. As a young successful person from Doncaster, she will provide the young people of Doncaster with a positive role model.

Described as ‘fashion’s favourite new face’ by The Guardian, Samantha has appeared on the front cover of famous publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and has modeled for brands including Burberry, Chanel and Prada.

To help you get to know our new ambassador, we did a little q&a with Sam – read on to find out what she had to say!

What was life like growing up in Doncaster?

I had a very happy childhood in Doncaster, I lived in Bessacarr and went to Willow primary and then Hall Cross. I always enjoyed school so I have really fond memories of it. Most of my free time was spent dancing at Riley’s in the evenings, having sleepovers or going on holiday to Newquay with my family in the summer.

How did you get into modelling?

I went to the clothes show with my mum when I was 13 and got scouted by Select. Went in to meet them  in London and was signed by them, did a few shoots while I was still at school and when I was 18 I decided to move to London to do it full time rather than go to uni.

What do arts/culture mean to you?

I grew up dancing with The Rileys school of dance and performing arts and it was a huge part of my life, it was so much fun and i had a great little group of mates there. It definitely gave me the confidence to be infront of a camera now when I was on stage at a young age doing dance competitions.

Do you have any particular arts/culture interests? (Feel free to throw in a couple of non-arts interests too!)

I occasionally go to ballet classes now in London at Pineapple dance studios just as a hobby, I also enjoy going to west end shows and the ballet as well. I’m an avid reader of fiction and I’m currently doing an Open University Arts and Humanities degree specialising in Philosophy and Religion.  I also love rock/ indie music so love going to gigs as well.

How do you think arts/culture can impact the young people of Doncaster?

I think it can be really helpful, growing up dancing myself I think it gave me the confidence that I have today.

What made you decide to support darts?

When they reached out to me I was over the moon, I’m very proud of being from Doncaster and if I can do anything to help the young people from there then I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.