A group of Blackpool actors took to the silver screen in a magical adaptation of JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
ason Redshaw, 44, David Charles-Cully, 56, Dave Simon, 36, Kevin Winkley, 59, and Khristopher Macleod, 40, all appeared as supporting actors in the film, alongside famous stars Eddie Redmayne and Jon Voight.
Jason, Khristopher and David are credited as ‘high class gentlemen’, while Dave plays a ‘New York socialite’.
Jason, who runs the Carabet Costumes fancy dress shop with David on Dickson Road, said: “It was a wonderful, magical experience. Meeting JK Rowling on set was inspirational.
“She was actually directing on the week that we were filming in Liverpool.
“It’s a fantastic movie and Liverpool looks great on the big screen.”
The five men, who have all previously appeared in background roles in television and film, joined 250 other supporting actors at the Fantastic Beasts premier in Liverpool, where the movie was filmed, last week.
Jason was awarded a speaking role in the film, but the scene was cut from the finished product.
The film, which is set before the events of the Harry Potter series, follows wizard Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) and his suitcase full of magical creatures.
Jason said: “I was a little disappointed that my scene was cut, but very proud to be a part of the Harry Potter franchise.
“We hope that we’re going to be picked up for the next film, which I believe is going to be set in Paris.”
David said: “It’s all a bit surreal. I have been a fan of the Harry Potter series and I have seen all the films, and now I’m officially a part of it.
“I spent most of the other day on Google and the amount of stuff that’s popping up about the movie is just bonkers.”
Kevin Winkley, who organised the premier, said: “It was a brilliant night. All the feedback I’ve had from the people who went has been very positive.
“Part of the requirement to be at the premier was to dressaccordingly in 1920s suits and everyone made a real effort.
“It was all down to the corporation of Warner Brothers who supplied the film for us exclusively.”
Harry Potter fans should keep their eyes peeled for the four actors in the film, where they appear in a dramatic scene where fantastic beasts storm a gala ball.