A RETIRED Leeds care officer rubbed shoulders with a stellar cast of actors after enlisting in the Home Guard for the new Dad’s Army movie.
Philip Gascoyne, 60, of Adel, was hired as an extra to play one of eight members of the platoon who worked closely with the seven star actors, including Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring and Bill Nighy as Wilson.
Father-of-two Mr Gascoyne spent five days filming in October and November at locations including Bempton Cliffs near Flamborough, Beverley and Bridlington’s old town, which doubles up as Walmington-on-Sea from the classic 1970s TV television series.
Mr Gascoyne, who retired from his job as a senior care officer with Leeds City Council’s social services last year, took a short introduction to acting course in April on a friend’s recommendation.
Shortly afterwards, Leeds-based agency Bond Models recommended him for the Dad’s Army film.
He had to pass a three hour test, which involved a three hour marching and drill session overseen by an ex-army instructor.
Mr Gascoyne said: “It’s been a complete change to the stresses and strains of working with young offenders, which I enjoyed. But after 33 years it was time for a change.
“It’s been a fantastic experience and a real privilege to be involved with a film like this.
“It has a tremendous cast and likely to prove a cinema success.
“I think the quality of the cast will ensure the film will have all the appeal of the television series. They’ve got a hard act to follow, but I am sure they will do it.”
The original Dad’s Army television series ran from 1968 to 1977.
It is still regularly repeated by the BBC and in 2004 was voted into fourth place in a poll to find Britain’s most popular sitcom.
The new Dad’s Army film, which has been shot entirely on location in Yorkshire, is due for release in cinemas in 2016.
BAFTA nominated director Oliver Parker directs the new Dad’s Army film, which was written by Hamish McColl and produced by Damian Jones.
The film is backed by Screen Yorkshire through the Yorkshire Content Fund.
Catherine Zeta Jones plays journalist Rose Winters in the new film.