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A few months ago I did a radio recording for BBC Radio 4  It was recorded in my favourite  studio, Maida Vale.   We  recorded Mr Betjeman’s Class and I was young Paul, Boy 1 and senior boy 2.  The story is about Sir John Betjeman’s life and the first transmission is on Christmas Day at 2.15 p.m.

Mr Betjeman’s Regrets  was the second instalment and will be transmitted on BBC Radio 4 on Boxing Day at the same time of 2.15 p.m.

This will be a poignant experience for me because I played alongside Benjamin Whitrow who played the old Betjeman and he, very sadly, died after a fall at home near the end of the recordings.  It was so sad and it was strange to hear that he had passed away when I had only been talking with him a couple of days before.

You may recognize Benjamin Whitrow from the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice although you will see from his IMDb link that his body of work is enormous.  I am so glad I got the chance to work with him.

This was a situation which took everyone by surprise and the original transmission was cancelled.  It was decided that Robert Bathhurst would continue the recording and the Christmas Day and Boxing Day transmissions were announced.

You will recognize Robert Bathhurst from TV series like, Cold Feet, Downton Abbey and many more dramas. He was a personal friend of Benjamin and it was apt that he should finish this play.

IMDb link 

Johnathan Smith has written an article for The New Statesman which is about his love of Sir John Benjamin’s work and his regard for Benjamin Whitrow.  Below is a copy of his piece.



Today I loaded a new post about the short film ‘Lady Luck’.  This was a very enjoyable experience and I also had the pleasure of winning Best Newcomer at The Monaco International Film Festival.  If you want to find out about the people and places I have worked with and at, become a patron for access to lots of behind the scenes pictures, stories and anecdotes. 



Christmas will soon be upon us and here we are with all the adverts coming onto our TV screens.  One of them has me in it.  Great fun to do.  Keep a look out for Not On the High Street Christmas Advert.


It has been a busy few weeks.  I have had a few auditions and recorded a couple of radio plays for the BBC. I have also been spending a lot of time on my Patreon site,

I have been loading information about the next short film we are doing, ‘The Drive’ and I have also been writing accounts of  my acting career and starting at the very beginning with stories and anecdotes. There are also plenty of photographs and there will be lots of behind the scene pictures of various films and t.v. programmes.  At the moment it  is the early years but there is much, much more to come.

I recently spent some time in Northern Ireland filming a possible new character in a popular CBBC children’s programme.  Hopefully, I will get to go back and do some more if the writers liked my character.

This is the time of year when all the auditions for the Christmas adverts start coming in.  I auditioned last week for one and I have been pencilled in so fingers crossed!

Two more auditions to do this week so after my break over the GCSE period, things are starting to hot up again.

I was very pleased with my GCSE results and I will be doing Maths, Physics and Photography for my A levels.  Perhaps I will study further maths when I leave school.

I am really enjoying my photography and I have been submitting to some competitions.

So as you can see, it has been busy.  Wish me luck for my auditions and if you fancy following my story, subscribe to my Patreon site.   You can un-submit at any time.




I have just created a brand new page at the fundraising site for our next new short film,  ‘The Drive’ at  This is a innovative way of raising funds for our project.  You collect patrons who are interested in your venture.  I will be providing vlogs and blogs to the page giving information about making short films and also a lot of archive and current news and anecdotes about my acting experiences.  It will be interesting and informative and it won’t cost my patrons a bundle.  You can subscribe for as little as 2$ a month.

Have a look at the link and see what you think.



Great news for the fantasy short film ‘Tooth Fairy’ which is enjoying a fantastic run at the film festivals and is winning awards.  The Fargo Fantastic Film Festival is taking place at the historic Fargo Theatre
on September 21st – 23rd 2017!

The Fargo Theatre is an art deco movie theatre in downtown Fargo, North Dakota, United States. It was built in 1926. It was restored in 1999 to its historic appearance and now is a centre for the arts in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area.

What a great place and fingers crossed for ‘Tooth Fairy’.

Tragic and sinister twist on the legend of Peter Pan.
Created by

Shaheen Schleifer & Owyn Stephens


I have been a bit quiet lately but I have been working away behind the scenes to successfully fund our latest short film.  Unfortunately, the Kickstarter campaign did not succeed and thank you to the people who did back the campaign.  Not to be put off, I am in the process of raising funds in different ways.

I have managed to raise some funds privately and I am about to launch a new campaign via a different medium.  I will write more of that later but it will involve news about the campaign and also a blog with stories and anecdotes about my acting career which started when I was 8 years old.  It will make interesting reading.

I recently went to Belfast,  for a role in a popular CBBC drama and I have never been to Northern Ireland before and I had time to have a look around.  I really enjoyed being there.  Can’t say anything about this yet but will soon.

The thing was, my hair had really grown long and each time I went to a job I thought they would cut it off but it didn’t happen and after I have had some time off to take my GCSE’s, it was really long.  Well, in Belfast they asked me if they could cut it and I said o.k. and now it is gone.  I will get some new pics soon. Here is what ended up on the floor, enough to stuff a pillow!





Today I was on the coast in Kent checking out a location I had seen on line.  As you can see from the photos it is very dramatic and perfect for some of our scenes.  The kickstarter campaign is going rather slowly at the moment but we are still optimistic we will reach our goal.

I know this is a lot of money but it became clear to me that our next film should be shot on better equipment with better sound and colour grading.  Doing our next project on my DSLR wasn’t going to be good enough. Therefore, if you know any philanthropists out there who want to back a skint student, please let me know!

Take a look at the great rewards on offer on the kickstarter page for The Drive starring

Todd Carty (Eastenders, The Bill, Spamalot) and more.)

Tony Clarkin. (Elephant Man, Michael Collins, The Return of the Jedi and more.)

Click the picture.

A new short film by Adam Thomas Wright and Tom Carty



I have just started the Kickstarter campaign for our new short film.  We have until 30th July to raise £3500 to help us hire good camera equipment, pay for music, rewards and distribution.  It would be great if you could spread the word on your media accounts and help us out.   The link to the kickstarter page is


Featuring Todd Carty and Tony Clarkin.

There are some great rewards.  Have a look on the site.  Thanks.


Straight off the back of a successful outing at Cannes, Tooth Fairy had a screening last night at the BFI.  It is the first time I have seen the completed film although it was a long time in the making.  Thwarted by funding being withdrawn and having to start all over again.  The funding received was well spent for the special effects which were brilliant.  The production values were impressive.  I was very happy with the result.  I had the chance to talk with lots of people who were generous with their advice and made some contacts.  A productive evening all around.  Congratulations to Owyn Stephens, writer, actor, director and  Shaheen Schleifer,  producer.

Upon reading the credits for Tooth Fairy, I noticed a couple of familiar names and was delighted to meet John Frewin, at the event,  who was also kind enough to back our short film Reminiscence which is getting an airing at The Cardiff Mini Film Festival on the 24th June.  We have had a number of screenings at film festivals for Reminiscence but this is the first one we have been able to go to as the others have been abroad.  It will be good to see it on the big screen!

If it wasn’t for people like John and our other backers, we would not have been able to make Reminiscence. So here’s a big THANK YOU to all the people who back independent film makers.