Dickens role sees determined actor follow in ancestor’s footsteps

John Trevillion is starring in A Christmas Carol PNL-150712-122010001

John Trevillion is starring in A Christmas Carol PNL-150712-122010001

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The enthusiasm to fulfil a New Year’s resolution often wears off by February, but not for one Bedfordshire schoolboy who set out to become a professional actor.

Young John Trevillion, who attends Margaret Beaufort Middle School, decided 2015 would be his year, and by signing up with a London talent agency, has landed himself a string of stage and film roles.

The 11-year-old’s latest role in an adaptation of A Christmas Carol is also a personal, as well as professional, triumph as his great-great-great-great grandfather worked on the first edition of Dicken’s classic engraving the printing plates.

His mother Lorraine said: “John’s family ancestor met Charles Dickens many times at the printing works when Dickens visited to carefully check the “Proof” copies of his books before they went to print.”

As well as performing in The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, production this year, John also worked on a Warner Bros horror film, The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, due out next year.