A thrilling new crime drama will star two Blackpool actors at opposite ends of their acting dreams.
St Mary’s Catholic High School pupil Ezra Watson, 13, will play the son of the resort’s John Simm in ITV 1’s Prey.
The three part drama begins tonight at 9pm, and follows Simm’s character, cop-turned-fugitive Marcus Farrow, after he is wrongly accused of a crime he did not commit.
Ezra, from Marton, was will be introduced to TV audiences across the country following only a handful of appearances as a film extra.
The Year 9 Scream Theatre School pupil said: “It was amazing because he is someone I look up to as a role model.
“He was very knowledgeable and generous.
“He gave me a lot of guidance and at the end of it he said I’d done very well.
“I really like the experiences I get from acting, and my family are always behind me and giving me confidence.”
His mum, Karen, added: “It’s amazing and I’m really proud of him.
“He has only been doing this for a couple of years.
“I’ve never seen him acting on TV before, so it will be a bit strange.
“Hopefully he will go on to bigger and better things, but he is only 13 and seems to love what he is doing.”
Simm is best known for his role as Sam Tyler in the BBC’s Life on Mars and as The Master in Doctor Who.
Tom Morriss, principal of the Layton-based Scream Theatre School, said: “John lived in Blackpool as a boy and subsequently went on to train at Blackpool and The Fylde College, before moving to London.
“Hopefully it might be a case of history repeating itself for young Ezra, who was training with us at Scream for eighteen months before he filmed for the role last year.
“He is still a member of our theatre school, and takes his training very seriously – he is determined to become a professional actor when he gets older, and working in tandem with our sister company Scream Management at Media City, we hope to provide him with the opportunities to realise this ambition.”