Deciding what to watch on television over Christmas is going to be an interesting argument in the Kent household this year.
All three of the family’s young children are appearing on stage or screen during the festive period.
The emerging acting dynasty is headed by 13 year-old George, followed by Henry, 11, and Matilda, four who are all members of the Scala School of Performing Arts in Horsforth.
George has just appeared on the ITV series, Dark Angel, alongside Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt who portrays Mary Ann Cotton, thought to be Britain’s first female serial killer.
He played her step-son William Robinson and the show, set in the 19th century, will premier in the USA in May.
Henry is touring the UK and Ireland in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, playing the role of Jeremy Potts.
He joins a familiar cast featuring Jason Manford, Phill Jupitus and Claire Sweeney and was asked to join the 120 date tour after a successful appearance in the play showing at the West Yorkshire Playhouse last Christmas.
Not to be outshone, their little sister Matilda has just completed filming the Christmas special of Last Tango in Halifax for the BBC where she played the role of Calamity starring alongside Sir Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid and Sarah Lancashire.
Parents Richard and Sarah of Bolling Road, Ilkley admit they have no idea where the acting bug came from as Richard, 39, is an account director for a Californian software company and Sarah used to be a gymnast.
He said: “There has been nothing in acting so it is a surprise as to where it has come from but they have a knack for it and enjoy it.”
Despite their tender years the trio all have acting careers beckoning.
George has an agent based in London while Henry already wants to be a director.
Richard added: “George and Henry have a real interest in television and always have. Henry knew from the age of three he wanted to be a director.
“They both love performing and Matilda has not known anything different - with the boys she had no choice really.
“It is hard work keeping up. George might be in London, Henry somewhere else and Matilda but we really enjoy it and willing to help them in any way that we can.”