Former firefighter is third Norfolk man to reveal role in latest Star Wars film

Film extra and Star Wars fan David Frost of Hethersett, who plays a politician in the new Stars Wars

Film extra and Star Wars fan David Frost of Hethersett, who plays a politician in the new Stars Wars film The Force Awakens. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

After two local stormtroopers unmasked themselves, a third Norfolk man has revealed himself to have played a part in the latest Star Wars film, albeit in a slightly different role.

David Frost, a 63-year-old actor who lives in Hethersett, spent 15 hours filming on set at Pinewood Studios, near London, in the extra role of Politician Number Five.

Mr Frost, who goes by the stage name of David Norfolk, spent almost 30 years working for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, most recently as assistant divisional officer. However, since retiring in February 2008, he has forged himself a career in acting and extra work.

'I got a massive buzz from being on set and an even bigger buzz when I spotted myself on the big screen,' said Mr Frost, who attended a midnight screening of the film.

'It was a very intricate process, The film makers spent a lot of time on my costume and taking photographs of me from so many different angles for motion capture.'

Ironically, considering his firefighting background, his Force Awakens character was unable to do anything about a fiery situation. However, he has often drawn on his experiences in the fire and rescue service in his acting work.

'There are lots of parallels between acting and my previous job,' he said. 'When I used to arrive on scene I would be needed to inspire and lead people, which often involved putting on a front in a high pressure situation.

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'I would also be required to interact with the media, something I always enjoyed doing, which is partly what convinced me to pursue my new career.'

This new career has led to Mr Frost featuring in more than 50 different film features, including James Bond film Skyfall, X-Men: First Class and Jack The Giant Slayer, large parts of which was filmed in Norwich.

He added: 'When I started acting there were a number of things I was desperate to do. I wanted to do Bond, and I've done that, but my biggest ambition of all was to be in a Star Wars film.

'Now that I have done that, I couldn't be happier.'