Hollywood beckons for former Bedford schoolboy

Jeremy Irvine to star in new Spielberg flick

Hollywood beckons for a former Bedford schoolboy will join a host of a-list names after scoring the lead role in triple Oscar winner Steven Spielberg's new film.

Jeremy Irvine, 20, will appear in the legendary director's new First World War epic War Horse.

He has previously worked on productions with the National Theatre, and the television series Life Bites for the Disney Channel.

But this is his first major film role and scoring a lead part will be a huge step up for the young actor.

Helen Rees-Bidder, director of the performing arts faculty at Bedford Modern School, where Jeremy attended from 2000 to 2008, paid tribute to the young star's acting skills.

She said: "It was a privilege to witness Jeremy's growth and developments as an actor at Bedford Modern School, culminating in his sensitive and moving portrayal of Romeo in Year 13.

"We are immensely proud of Jeremy's achievement in securing the role of Albert in War Horse which is testament to his talent and dedication."

War Horse is based on the best-selling novel by Michael Morpugo and is being scripted by Love Actually and Blackadder writer Richard Curtis.

Jeremy will play the lead role of Albert, a young boy who lies about his age, enlisting for the army to follow his pet horse.

He will star alongside well known British stars including Emily Watson who is best known for her lead roles in Angela's Ashes and Cemetery Junction.