If Owen Brady was the boasting type, he’d have something special up his sleeve to tell his mates.
He’s just finished working with Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.
The 14-year-old, from Springfield Drive, Thornton, starred in the Christmas edition of Sky1 sitcom Trollied, a supermarket comedy starring Jane Horrocks which has been running for the last few years.
Owen played boy scout Morris in an episode which also featured Halliwell.
“I didn’t get to speak to her too much because we weren’t often on set at the same time but she seemed really nice,” he said.
The Cardinal Allen Catholic High School pupil is no stranger to being in the spotlight – he has previously been in adverts for Tesco and Walkers.
But he viewed this as his first ever major role.
“Filming was a right laugh,” he said. “It was much bigger than anything I’ve ever done before but I really enjoyed it. For my first advert role I was star-struck, but not this time.”
Owen, who trains at Scream Theatre School in Blackpool, already has an impressive CV – his first acting job was alongside Gary Lineker, while his Tesco adverts aired during Downton Abbey and were seen by about 10 million people.
After his festive appearance in Trollied, the youngster now dreams of being a regular in the comedy series.
“I just loved it and I learned a lot too because the cast were really friendly and gave me some great tips,” he said.
“Most importantly they taught me how not to laugh during filming, which was really hard because some of the scenes were so funny.”
Owen’s family visited him while he was filming on location in Bristol and are delighted he landed the part.
“We didn’t expect him to be on screen as much as he actually was and I couldn’t really believe it when I was watching it,” said mum Helen.
“The show went out on TV on Christmas Eve so it gave us an excuse to have a party.
“We had a few family and friends round, and it was the perfect way of seeing in Christmas.”