Teenager lands top role in television drama

William Andrews
William Andrews
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A WIGAN teenager is to become the object of many teen girls’ affections as he prepares to star in his first TV role.

William Andrews, of Standish, has landed a one-off part in CBBC drama All At Sea, a comedy drama about a young boy, Charlie, who moves to Scarborough with his family, who run a bed and breakfast.

The 15-year-old will play heart-throb Ryan, who receives a lot of attention from Charlie’s older sister, Hannah.

The Standish High School pupil will head to Scarborough to film at the end of the month, with dates to be confirmed for when it is shown on TV.

The series has a working title of All at Sea, and has been known as Family By Sea.

William, who has been a member of the theatre group Willpower for six years, said: “I like the idea of being on TV and I really enjoy the auditioning process and filming and meeting people.

“I was so happy to get the part as I had auditioned quite a few times for different roles, including in Emmerdale, and had been close, but this time I finally got it,

“I went to the audition at Media City after being sent a script and performed in front of a director, then I got a call back and read the script in front of more people.

“I was then told I got the part and it was one of the most confident auditions they had seen.”

“My aim is to be on TV as much as possible. I would love to be in a soap or a film.”

Charlie is not the only thespian in the family, as his 11-year-old sister, Sophia, provided the lead voice in animated series Dinosaur Train, which will appear on the Nickelodeon channel later this year.

William added: “Whenever we had silly arguments, she would always win, as she was one above me, but now she can’t use that.

“But there is no major sibling rivalry and we are both really happy for each other.”

Dad David Andrews said: “We are all really excited for William. It is great news for him as he has been trying long enough to get into TV.”

William isn’t the only Wigan connection to the BBC’s drama department.

Wigan actor Roy Kinnear’s son Rory is currently being tipped as the favourite to replace Matt Smith when he hangs up spurs in Dr Who later this year.