Would you watch a film about the life of Norfolk Lotto winner Michael Carroll?

Former Lottery Winner Michael Carroll apearing at King's Lynn Magistrates Court, for a breach of his community service order. Picture: Matthew Usher. Former Lottery Winner Michael Carroll apearing at King's Lynn Magistrates Court, for a breach of his community service order. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Friday, February 7, 2014
11:53 AM

Norfolk’s Lotto winner Michael Carroll could be set for another bumper payday with Hollywood bosses said to have signed him up for a film about his life.

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Mr Carroll, 30, won £9.7m on the lottery in 2002 and then famously spent it all.

Earlier this year, it was reported that he had been given a room in a homeless hostel in Inverness after being dismissed from his job at the shortbread packing works.

It has now been reported that moviemakers have signed a contract with the former dustman and he is hoping that EastEnders hardman Danny Dyer will play him.

He is said to have been approached last December by film producer Jonathan Sanford, who said his firm Art Linson Productions wanted to make a movie based on his life.

The film company has produced hits such as Heat, Pushing Tin and The Assassin.

Contracts are reported to have been drawn up and signed, with the film company paying £600 for the rights to the story.

The contract could net hundreds of thousands once the film, Be Careful What You Wish For, is on the big screen. Character names will be changed to divert attention from Mr Carroll and his family.

Close friend Carl Chapman, 43, said: “They want to make a film about his life based on the biography but there’s a lot more to Michael than people might think.

“He is off the drugs and the drink and he is happy. He was made redundant from his last job in a biscuit factory, he wasn’t sacked, and he went straight out and got another job in the slaughterhouse.

“The movie offer just came completely out of the blue. He wants Danny Dyer to play him.”

Last year Mr Carroll left his former home in Felbrigg Road, Downham Market, to move to Scotland.

He had previously splashed out on a mansion near Swaffham and turned his garden into a banger racing track.

After being jailed for nine months for affray and breaching a drug testing order, in 2006, he said he planned to turn over a new leaf and become a celebrity.

16 comments

  • Not even a little bit! He squandered his money away why should he get a second chance with a bumper pay off???? And Danny dyer ? Really ?

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    Cherryiceuk

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • This guy is a complete tool and along with Herbie Hide,a major embarrassment to the county of Norfolk.I've never see Danny Dyer act before,but I doubt that anyone could act like more than a total pillock than Carroll himself.Nothing to see here.Next story please....

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    Nexus_6

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Emphatically, no. This will be straight to the DVD bargain bin.

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    BigAl

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Couldn't be bothered!

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    beverley

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Well said samphirelover. Other more serious criminals have gained money from their life story...see 'farmer' Tony Martin and his payoff from the Daily Mirror. Michael Carroll was hounded mercilessly from day one by the police and the press, not necessarily in that order. If he had been a little wiser he should have packed his bags and his money and moved in with all the honest tax exiles abroad.

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    Rhombus

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Probably when shown on TV. I wouldn't pay to.

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    AE

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • good luck to him he wasted it the first time to get a second chance is good for anyone no matter what they have done in the past

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    MrB

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Couldn't be bothered!

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    beverley

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • I would like to stop seeing him in the paper, or any reference to him... he should be like a boil on your b*m... once a pain but now gone away.

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    Mr T

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Not even a little bit! He squandered his money away why should he get a second chance with a bumper pay off???? And Danny dyer ? Really ?

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    Cherryiceuk

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Tony Martin was not a criminal, he was a victim.

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    John Bridge

    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • I would rather stick pins in my eyes!

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    Norfolk John

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • I'd just as soon watch him as Norfolks other "treasure" Stephen Fry. He was convicted of theft and served time in jail but because he talks posh people fall at his feet. I hope this film will make some money for Mr Carroll because he really has been trying hard to get sorted. He was just too young for that amount of money.

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    samphirelover

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Only if he is played by Hugh Grant.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Seems a good idea to me, putting Norfolk on the map & Hollywood fame must be a good thing for a county with only two other hero's, ie Lord Nelson and Mr Hide. Maybe this will be just the thing we need,

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    pubmandave

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • No I wouldn't. His choice of actor is obviously how he sees himself. Not a view many others would share. There are many other people who have been made redundant and are getting on with their lives, just not many who have squandered more than the rest could ever imagine having.

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    NigelS

    Friday, February 7, 2014

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