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School’s out for pint-sized star

Harrison Gilbert has been filming on set in Manchester for the last six days, juggling this with starting school last month.

Harrison Gilbert has been filming on set in Manchester for the last six days, juggling this with starting school last month.

Harrison Gilbert is only four-years-old but he’s already learning about juggling work with play.

The youngster has landed himself a part in an upcoming BBC drama, starring alongside the likes of Philip Glenister, from Life On Mars, and Titanic’s Daniel Rigby.

Having only just started at Blackpool Gateway Academy he has taken time off from his learning to spend six days filming on set for From There To Here, to be aired in 2014.

Proud mum Fiona Gilbert, of Lunedale Avenue, South Shore, said: “It’s a great experience for him. He says ‘I’ve got a job now like mummy and daddy’. In the morning he asks ‘is today a school day or a work day?’”

The drama will be aired in 2014 and follows the aftermath of the IRA bombing of Manchester’s Arndale Centre in 1996 through to the beginning of the Millennium.

Mum Fiona, 30, dad Daniel, 40, and younger brother Jackson, three, are all looking forward to seeing Harrison on screen.

She said: “It’s something I would watch so to have him in something like that will be unreal. I don’t think I’m going to believe it.”

Harrison has been filming on set in Manchester, alongside Philip Glenister who plays his grandfather, and led by the same production team behind ITV’s Broadchurch.

Fiona added: “They shoot the same scene about 50 times, I was shocked at how grown up and patient he was.

“The producers have said he really is good for his age.”

And Harrison has been trusted with a speaking role alongside the character of his mum, who has a lead role.

Harrison has been juggling his new job with his first few weeks at school too, having started in reception at the new school on Seymour Road, South Shore, in September.

He was chosen for the part through a casting and model agency he is registered with, Eurokids.

But Fiona, who said she has had her own ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ walk on parts in Family Affairs and The Bill, said she couldn’t believe his first TV offer being a speaking part.

She is now looking into acting classes for the budding performer.

She added: “I asked is it something he’d like to do and he got all excited and said ‘oh yeah!’ I’m hoping this will do things for him and we can make him into a little star.”

The three hour-long episodes will be aired on BBC One next year.

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