Ryan Wilkinson has a better CV than some actors have in a lifetime.
Which, considering the Fylde coast lad is 12, ain’t bad going.
Despite only just starting secondary school – Cardinal Allen in Fleetwood – Ryan can already boast roles in TV shows like Doctors, In The Flesh (co-starring Ricky Tomlinson), Shameless, and the BBC’s Secret of Crickley Hall.
Boast, though, is perhaps the wrong word for that is just about the last thing the level-headed lad intends to do.
“I am just like any other child – acting is just something I do for fun and I try not to mention it at school because I don’t want to make it seem as though I’m showing off,” he said.
“I’ve always liked entertaining people.
“When I was three-years-old I was with my family queueing to get on a plane at an airport and I jumped on a window sill and started singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
“People crowded around and were clapping, though my dad was dead embarrassed. So I think I’ve always been one for acting.”
Ryan, who lives on Shakespeare Road in Fleetwood and attends Scream Theatre School, is about to appear in his first lead TV role.
He is playing the part of Charlie in a new children’s programme called All At Sea, a 13-part series filmed in Scarborough about a lad whose family relocate from London to the coast.
The first episode goes out on CBBC next Wednesday.
Proud grandad Wilfred is delighted at Ryan’s success.
“We’re all a bit amazed – I mean you don’t expect your grandson to be doing this at such an early stage,” he said.
“He only started going to drama school when he was seven or eight so to achieve what he has in such a short space of time is good going.”
But before any class mates get too envious about Ryan’s success, they should remember one thing – being a TV star doesn’t get you out of schoolwork. “I have a tutor on set so I still have to do every lesson,” said Ryan.
“There’s no getting out of that!”
l For more information about Scream Theatre School call (01253) 309 060.