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Thomas Stars as Johnny Vegas

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Year 9 pupil Thomas Mills got a shock when he answered the phone - to hear comedian Johnny Vegas on the other end.

The star of Ideal and Benidorm was ringing Thomas to tell him he had got a part in a new comedy that Vegas was writing and directing.

Thomas plays a young Johnny Vegas in 'Little Crackers', a series of short films written and directed by famous comedians, telling a story from their life when they were younger.

Thomas said: "I was shocked when he rang me himself to tell me I had got the part. I was a bit overwhelmed to be acting with such a great talent as Johnny. I like expressing myself through acting and it's my dream to do it professionally. Everyone at school was excited for me - they all kept asking me about it. My teachers were really pleased with me and said I should be proud of myself."

Thomas is a member of Willpower Youth Theatre in Wigan and found out about the auditions through their talent agency, which he is also a member of. Johnny Vegas said: "We all agreed the hardest job would be casting the right young Johnny, but everyone who saw him agreed Thomas was the only lad for the job. He was disarmingly charming, yet cheeky when we needed him to be and he has amazing instincts for an actor his age. He was a genuine joy to direct and holds the film together."

The programme will be broadcast on Sky TV on December 23rd.

See a clip of the trailer here

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Thomas Mills as Johnny Vegas

Thomas plays a young Johnny Vegas in 'Little Crackers', a series of short films written and directed by famous comedians, telling a story from their life when they were younger