Monthly Archive: June 2014


I was thrilled to receive a letter today from CBBC which had a blue peter badge with it.   Blue Peter reporters visited the set of ‘Harriet’s Army’ during filming.  A few of the actors were interviewed about the  new 3 part series which will be screened on CBBC soon.  I was not on set for the interview but I have still received a Blue Peter Badge which is really great.  There are different colour badges for  different types of achievements.  You can find out about all the badges HERE including the new SPORTS BADGE .

Thank you Blue Peter. 

Blue Badge

Blue badges are awarded for sending interesting letters, emails, stories, pictures, poems, good ideas for the programme, and for having appeared on Blue Peter

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Harriet’s Army

CBBC | 19 July


Harriet’s Army is coming to your T.V. very soon.   The BBC has just released this notice, so if you live in Manchester, apply for the preview.  I play Lewis, and this is a great story,  don’t miss it!

Harriet's Army

Join us to celebrate the launch of The Lowry’s BBC Children’s exhibition with an exclusive screening of the new CBBC drama Harriet’s Army.

Set during World War One, Harriet’s Army follows a group of children in a small English town as they hold the Home Front and discover the true enemy within. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with cast and crew.

** Please note that this show is most suitable for children aged between eight and twelve. No adult will be admitted without a child. **

** Each party must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 and the application should be completed by the adult attending with the children on the day. **

Tickets will be allocated on the basis of a random draw, with 50% of tickets reserved for Greater Manchester postcodes.

You can register for tickets at any time until Sunday 6 July at 4pm.

Good luck with your application.

All information is correct at time of publication.

The Lowry       Time 10.00 a.m.

Programme details

No extra details available.

Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

No age restrictions

Maximum tickets per request: 4

19 July


The Lowry       Time 12.30 p.m.

Programme details

No extra details available.

Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

No age restrictions

Maximum tickets per request: 4


A friend said they had seen my photo in a ‘Game of  Thrones’ picture.  I did audition for Game of Thrones when I was about 10 years old. I didn’t get the job, but a boy I know did,  Isaac Hempstead-Wright. We met during filming ‘The Awakening’,   no relative.  So I knew it wasn’t me, although Isaac and I used to look quite alike.  He is changed now and looks all grown up.  He is a bit older than me but I still look much the same!!!

Anyway, much as I would love to be in Game of Thrones, the picture is  Maisie Williams Playing Arya Stark,  we could be relatives though!  Do you think  another Stark family member could suddenly be introduced after being lost and found having  lived with the wolves???



Maisie Williams in ‘Game of Thrones’


Still from De Medicus Trailer


Me, Adam Thomas Wright in ‘The Physician’

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Isaac Hempstead – Wright playing Bran Stark


Then look at us now:-

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The BBC has just tweeted:-

A first look at a brand new season of heart racing dramas including , , and

I have a small cameo role in The Missing so I didn’t have a chance to be in Belgium very long.  It looks like a great drama and I was delighted to meet James Nesbitt.


The Missing  has been slated to air simultaneously on BBC1 in the UK and Starz in the US later this year.

The show follows a man, James Nesbitt,  who goes to extreme measures to find out the whereabouts of his missing child who disappeared in France, and was described by Pattinson, exec producer at New Pictures, as a “complex and mature emotional thriller.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity

A few days ago E3 was held at The Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Every year,  E3 shows trailers from new games.  I was keen to see what was coming out and really excited about Assassin’s Creed 5 Unity which is set in Paris during the French Revolution in the 18th century.   As an actor, I was quite disconcerted and also delighted about how realistic the graphics are.  The characters look so real, if it carries on like this, actors will be out of a job!  Take a look at the link to the trailer which has just been released.   N.B. It has an 18 rating and may be inappropriate for young children.

Assassin's Creed 5 Unity


The Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards will be decided tomorrow, 16th June and up for BEST VIDEO is ‘AS I DROWN’ by ‘THE DEFILED


Here is a link to the track:   Produced by Video Ink, Manchester


I would have loved to go to the event, which is  being held in London Indigo2 but you have to be over 14 and I am not quite.  I hope it wins the award. Take a look at the video above and you will see me in a totally different way!!!

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Last week I spent three days filming a short film called Tooth Fairy which was written and directed by Owyn Stephens.  It was quite intense and all the filming was done with the actors in a small room which was just a big box.  I played a cross between the victim and the baddie so it was very interesting crossing from one to the other.

The Box.


This is me and Kim Allan who played  the ‘Fairy’

kim and me

and here I am in my rags, I have been let out for a break during a break sitting in my rags!  The day before this I recorded a BBC Radio 4 drama and I was a Prince!

Tooth Fairy

Life’s a merry go round!



I have done a couple of acting roles recently which involved the subject of war.   Archie Dobson’s War was about a boy, me, Archie, who witnessed what happened to his family when the war came and took away his father and other relatives and what seemed exciting at the time soon turned into something much more serious.  I also recently played a role of an autistic boy who along with a group of other children foiled a German assault in Harriet’s Army, which is due to screen this month on CBBC. My mum helped me with this article last night.  She dug out a pile of papers I have never seen before and this was prompted by me asking if my Grand dad had been at the D.Day Landings. I never met my mum’s dad because she was one of the youngest in her family and she had me late so I had a Grand Dad who served as a Royal Marine during the 2nd World War. Here is a photo of him when he was 18 years old and he joined  the Royal Marines on the 19th May 1937.

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Thomas Carr 6/10/1918 to 11/8/1998

We have lots of old documents including medical, identity and  photographs. He served on many ships during the war including HMS Ark Royal.  We have a certificate of service which charts where he was and what ship he was on.  He was on the Ark Royal when it sank during his term.  He obviously got off safely.  My mum said he never talked about the war and if she asked him he would say he wanted to forget it.  During July1943 and  Februrary1945   He was serving on HMS Duke of York pictured below.


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On 29 March 1944, Duke of York and the rest of the Home Fleet left Scapa Flow to provide a support force for Convoy JW 58.[35] The ship operated in the Arctic and as cover for carriers conducting the Goodwood series of air strikes on the German ship Tirpitz, sister ship to Bizmark, in mid to late August With the sinking of the Tirpitz, Hitler lost the last influential ship of his surface battle fleet and this marked the end of Germany’s naval war in northern waters. With the safe arrival of so many ships, and the destruction of three U-boats, plus a fourth incidental kill, and six shadowing aircraft, JW 58 was one of the most successful Arctic convoys run by the Allies during World War II. JW 58 was the last Arctic convoy for several months. The sequence was discontinued during summer 1944 as all naval forces were required for Operation Neptune, the cover for the Normandy landings. It re-commenced in August 1944 with Convoy JW 59. Decorations to those taking part in JW 58 were announced on July 18 1944

He was compassionately discharged from The Royal Marines in April 1947 because my Grand Mother was seriously ill.  However, she went on to survive him by some 10 years. This photograph shows his various medals including the Africa Star, the Atlantic Star, the Pacific star and a special Russian commemorative medal.   Grand Dad joined the Liverpool Metropolitan Police straight after his discharge and remained there until he retired.  The picture also shows his medals for life saving and The Red Cross which I suppose he had to have for the police.  The big silver one with the blue and white ribbon is a a medal for Exemplary Police Service.

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I knew nothing of this and it has been really interesting to research it.  I wish I had met my Grand Dad and this article is a tribute to him and all the other servicemen and women who are taking part in  this remembrance day.