BUDDING thespian Max Thomas will turn nasty for his next role by playing a wicked mouse in The Royal Ballet Company’s production of Sleeping Beauty.

The brave ten-year-old won the part despite having just come out of plaster after breaking a wrist.

But Max, who attends weekly classes at the Royal Ballet School, is no stranger to the stage, having made his professional debut aged six when he appeared as Chip in the West End version of Beauty and the Beast.

He has also appeared in various films, including as a scientist in Thunderpants.

Max is an avid footballer, playing for Hartley Wintney, a keen singer, plays the violin, saxophone and piano, and adores mathematics.

Now he cannot wait for his next starring role, at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in March.

His 13-year-old sister Alice is also a keen performer and appeared at the Royal Festival Hall with the National Children’s Orchestra last month.

Their love of the stage probably comes from mum Zoe, who is a dance teacher.