Sam Claflin (represented by Independent Talent) is set for a meteoric rise to fame with the news he will be the new young male lead opposite Johnny Depp in this fourth installment of the Disney pirate franchise Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Originally from Costessey, Norwich, the former Costessey High School pupil trained at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - which his younger brother Joe now attends.
He was also a key member of the Norwich Youth Theatre Company and played the lead in the company's 2006 production of Sinbad the Sailor and also took part in Robinson Crusoe in 2003.
Course leader David Lambert taught the young actor after he was recommended to the group by a teacher and said he wasn't surprised that Sam had snared the top film part.
"It's his third big break really - one of the first jobs he got straight out of drama school last year was a five-part series with Donald Sutherland playing his father," said David.
"For a first job that's not bad! He's just one of those lads who's never going to stop."
"He's a talented lad and I think he's going to go a very long way," he added.
He is currently filming the younger version of rogueish Logan Mountstuart in Channel 4's adaptation of William Boyd's acclaimed novel Any Human Heart. "Newcomer, Sam Claflin embodies the idealism, vitality and naivety of the young Logan, where his lust for life and women truly begins as a student in Oxford and then Paris in the 1920s."