Young Norfolk actor gets first big break in the world of television
15:03 25 September 2012
A young Norfolk actor has got his first big break in the world of television.
Sam Clemmett, from Brundall, has landed a role in the hit ITV wartime drama Foyle’s War, which stars Michael Kitchen.
The 18-year-old will appear in the first episode of the new series, which is due to be screened early next year and will be spread across three two-hour episodes, set soon after the Second World War.
It is an exciting first step into the world of television acting for the former Thorpe St Andrew School sixth-form student, who is now hoping the role will be just the start of a successful career.
He said: “I have a reasonable amount to do; I have two meaty scenes of dialogue and then bits here and there, so it’s nice to have that TV credit on my CV.
“We filmed for four days in Dublin and I found it amazing how much can be done in four days.
“My first day I started at 6.30 in the morning and didn’t finish until after 7pm.
“But I was very pleased with my performance. The director shook my hand and said well done and that I did well, so I was pleased with that.”
The teenager was one of 10 young actors appearing in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Lord of the Flies last summer.
His Foyle’s War role has given his career a big boost, but Sam is hoping it is just the beginning for him.
He has a good role model to try to follow in the footsteps of as well – one of Hollywood’s current up-and-coming stars, and former Costessey High School pupil Sam Claflin.
Sam is a member of Norwich Theatre Royal’s arts course, where Claflin, who is currently filming for a major role in the sequel to blockbuster success The Hunger Games, also cut his teeth under the watchful eye of director David Lambert.
He added: “I would love to aim that high and do as well as Sam has. He is very, very good and an inspiration for me. He’s done amazingly, with Pirates of the Caribbean and everything.
“But personally, I would love to perform at The National Theatre and if I had a dream it would be to have a really good career in all the arts; film, TV and theatre.
“That would be the dream, to just be a regularly working actor.”
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