Richard Jackson: Centre stage for Leeds theatre star

Richard Jackson.
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A Leeds actor could be the star of a new television series after bagging the lead role in a London stage comedy.

Richard Jackson, of Alwoodley, is performing in A Hero’s Journey at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden this week.

The play is hotly-tipped to become a television sitcom and the pilot will be filmed after the performances.

Richard, 28, said: “When I got the role I was so pleased.

“Television is what I want to move into, so to know I could be a part of a TV show is very exciting.”

The ex-Allerton High School student plays failed writer Matthew Rain whose career is slowly taking a turn for the worse.

Richard describes the show as a surreal mix of pop culture similar to television comedy series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Peep Show.

After graduating from Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Richard moved to the capital permanently.

He returned to Leeds last summer during the tour of his one-man show, Served, which he performed at Seven in Chapel Allerton.

He said: “It was excellent to come back and perform in Leeds.

“The play was a one-man show that I wrote and I got to tour around the country with it.

“It felt good to show my work to friends and family back home.

“It gave them all a chance to see what I’ve been doing for the past few years.”

Richard has also appeared in acclaimed BBC2 drama The Crimson Petal and the White and the BBC series of Kay Mellor’s The Chase.

He has been in BBC Radio 4’s play Bitter Batter and has also done several adverts and theatre performances.

He has also set up his own theatre company called C54 with a university friend and was recently selected as one of the new faces for up-market fashion designer Mark Lord’s promotional campaign.

To find out more about A Hero’s Journey, visit www.manmoth.co.uk.