Friday, November 6, 2009
Starring Luke Ward-Wilkinson (Wild at Heart) as young Simon and Layton Williams as his best friend Kylie.
17 year old Luke rose to fame as Evan in ITV's family drama series set in Africa. He started acting at the Young Actors Company (previously Whizz Kids) in Cambridge. Luke also starred alongside Sean Bean in Sharpe's Peril, who sang the praises of his young co-star:
“Luke’s such a wonderful actor he knew exactly what he was doing. He’s such a great young man as well. Working with someone like him, whose acting is so truthful and sincere, it can make you cry. He almost had me going every time we did a scene together. You’d be proud to have him as your son.
“If you’re working with someone like Luke it really spurs you on. I think there were some fantastic performances in this film, which were enhanced by such a well written script by Russell Lewis.”
15 year old Layton from Manchester landed the role of Billy Elliot in the West End musical in 2007 and moved to London to attend Sylvia Young Stage School on a scholarship. He also played the role of young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live. Layton now attends Italia Conti.