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Young Fleet actor stars in Death Comes to Pemberley

A young Darcy has been played by Fleet's Alex Bradshaw in the televised Pride and Prejudice sequel

Alex Bradshaw as Darcy

A budding young actor from Fleet has starred in his first television role this Christmas.

Alex Bradshaw appeared as young Darcy in the BBC1 drama Death Comes to Pemberley - PD James’ sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - which was screened from Boxing Day to Saturday.

A junior member of Cody and Farnborough Amateur Operatic Society (CFAOS), 11-year-old Alex attends Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead on Saturdays.

It was through Redroofs that he auditioned and got the part, filming for the period drama in Yorkshire during the summer.

Alex said he was in such shock when he heard he had landed the role, and that filming had been "so much fun" and interesting and exciting.

“I couldn’t stop smiling,” he said. “It was so amazing to actually be on a set with loads of cameras and lots of people surrounding you.”

Alex lives on the Elvetham Heath estate with his mother, brother and sister and attends Lord Wandsworth College in Long Sutton, where he is studying for his LAMDA piano and singing exams.

His first major role was as a 'lost boy' in the Peter Pan panto in Woking in 2011.

Alex, whose ambition is to perform in the West End, has also played Kurt in the CFAOS production of The Sound of Music in March and was a munchkin in its production of The Wizard of Oz in September.

He also appeared in Fleet’s first professional pantomime, Dick Whittington, as Ratling, Fred and a thief last Thursday and on Monday.

“When I first appeared on television, I had just finished my pantomime and I received many texts straight away and my friends were telling me they just saw me on TV,” said Alex.

“We instantly rushed home full of excitement and to see my face on the BBC and my name in the credits was just amazing. I was over the moon.

“It was a great experience and I loved it.”


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