Debut TV role is no fluke for Leeds youngster

When would-be actor Luke Hudson auditioned for the first time he expected to gain nothing but experience.

But the 11-year-old, from Rawdon, Leeds, ended up clinching a part in a top BBC1 drama.

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Luke, a pupil at St Mary's School in Menston, has been cast as the on-screen son of popular actor David Morrissey in the forthcoming second series of highly-rated drama Five Days.

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And even though it meant cancelling the family holiday to Portugal because it clashed with filming, Luke was thrilled to get the part.

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He said: "I didn't expect to get chosen but I was very excited when I was told I had. I didn't mind cancelling the holiday, though my sister Maisie was not quite so pleased.

"Everyone on the cast was nice to me, though I think my parents were more starstruck than I was!

"When I get older I would like to go to university to study drama and make a career from acting."

Luke, who attends the Centre Stage Academy in Yeadon, was put forward for the audition by drama school principal Carol Bicker last year.

Filming ran from July to just before Christmas.

Much of the series was shot on location in Yorkshire, and the rest in

studios in London.

The series was written by Yorkshire-born Gwyneth Hughes and supported by the Screen Yorkshire Production Fund.

As well as David Morrissey – star of the recent Yorkshire-based gritty drama Red Riding – it also features former Coronation Street actress Suranne Jones, Boys from the Blackstuff star Bernard Hill and Full Monty actor Hugo Speer.

It tells the harrowing story of a newborn baby who is abandoned in the toilets of a Yorkshire hospital.

At the same time the Trans-Pennine commuter train is halted by a suicidal jumper.

It is Suranne Jones's character DC Laurie Franklin's job to piece together how the two events are connected.

Among the Yorkshire locations featured are Kirkgate Station in Wakefield, Scarborough beach and promenade, Leeds University and Leeds Met Uni, Dewsbury Town Hall and market and Seacroft and Cookridge Hospitals in Leeds.

Centre Stage Academy principal Carol Bicker said: "We're so proud of Luke. He has been with us less than a year but he has already shown just how talented he is."

* A transmission date has yet to be fixed but Five Days is expected to hit the BBC1 schedules in the next few weeks.