Disney calls for Jeremy

Former Bedford Modern pupil will take part in a hit Disney show

Stardom beckons for one talented young actor who is set to appear on millions of TV screens after winning a part in a hit Disney show.

And Jeremy Irvine, 19, says his passion for acting is thanks to his former drama teacher at Bedford Modern School who encouraged him to follow his dream.

Jeremy, pictured, will be appearing in the second season of the hit Disney Channel show Life Bites.

He plays new character Luke, the best mate of central characters Harvey and Frank.

And although he has appeared on stage and numerous independent films and commercials, this is Jeremy's first TV role.

He said: "Bedford Modern had a really brilliant drama department, and the teacher there also went to LAMDA. He was just so much help and so supportive, it was him who really made me want to go into acting. This is my first proper TV job, which is really exciting and a great introduction to TV work.

"Obviously getting any sort of acting work is incredibly difficult and a lot of it comes down to luck and being in the right place at the right time, so getting something with such a big brand as Disney is amazing."

The show, which drew audiences of more than two million in its first series, brings to life the everyday adventures of a brother and sister, and their relationships with family and friends through short, funny sketches.

Jeremy added: "I was one of the new cast members joining the existing cast and they were all so helpful, friendly and supportive that it was really comfortable.

"Each day I couldn't wait to go in. There's something about TV that I really like, it's the whole crew and cast family that you get, whereas in theatre you don't always get to know the crew. You build up a really good relationship."

Jeremy started acting at school, before going on to join the National Youth Theatre and winning a place at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

And since filming the show, which is back on TV screens on Saturday, he has been attending more auditions, and hopes to appear in films in the future – as well as appearing in a theatre production in London with other LAMDA graduates.