Waterloo Road star Jack McMullen takes the title role of eighteen year old 'Fast' Freddie Copeland in a new ITV festive drama Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me, which is currently filming in London.
20 year old Jack (represented by David Daly Associates) from Liverpool, plays Finn Sharkey in Waterloo Road and also stars in the indie feature Seamonsters, premiering at film festivals this year. He started acting as a child with regular roles in Brookside and Grange Hill.
The 1 x 90 minute drama is written by Christopher Dunlop (Cape Wrath, No Angels) directed by David Richards (The Runaway). It also stars Laurence Fox and Sarah Smart.
After being found guilty of a drink driving charge, Jonathan Donald (played by Laurence Fox), a wealthy, brash, over-confident luxury car dealer expects to get off lightly but instead receives a community service order in the run up to Christmas, 60 hours with The Moonbeam Club, a support organisation for young adults with social and behavioural difficulties run by recently widowed, Laura Cooper, played by Sarah Smart.
After a disastrous first day, Jonathan is sent packing by Laura, she and the group have no use for him and his prejudice. But Jonathan is forced to return by an even less impressed Judge, who serves him a longer order.
Jonathan’s attitude and commitment begins to change as he gets to know one of the club’s member’s – eighteen year old Freddie Copeland (Jack McMullen). Feisty, an expert with gadgets and a demon on the PlayStation, Jonathan is shocked to learn Freddie suffers from kidney disease and genetic heart condition which means he’ll be lucky to survive the next couple of months.
One of Freddie’s dreams is to have his own idea of a perfect Christmas. But having grown up in various care homes Freddie knows his dream is unlikely to come true, especially since he’s never had the courage to make contact with his real mother.
Against Laura’s careful advice, Jonathan decides to take it upon himself to give Freddie the Christmas he’s always dreamed of. But can he make the impossible possible and make his final Christmas the best Freddie has ever had?
Writer Christopher Dunlop said: "I've always wanted to write about the magic of Christmas colliding with the way we torment ourselves trying to make that one day perfect. Fast Freddie, the Widow and Me creates an idyllic family Christmas from the most unlikely collection of characters who in the process, rediscover faith in life, love and hope for the future."