Teen actor Joseph's the new boy at Grange Hill

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A LEIGH youngster has landed one of the biggest jobs in children's TV.

Joseph Slack (pictured left) will start the new school term at Grange Hill after being selected from hundreds of young actors to play the part of one of six new full-time characters, Bryn Williams.

"We are really proud of him," said the 14-year-old's mum Susan. "It is something that he really wants to do. The producers have been telling him that it will change his life and he'll be recognised in the street."

Joseph first caught the theatrical bug at Twelve Apostles Primary School where he joined the choir and drama group before joining Will Travis' A Will And A Way.

This year the Leigh-based drama group held a showcase for talent spotters from all the top British soaps and a host of kids were subsequently invited to attend the Grange Hill auditions by producers Mersey TV.

After five gruelling call backs and approval by the BBC, Joseph was delighted to accept the role of 11-year-old Bryn and started filming in July for the new series which is due to be shown this autumn.

Will Travis said: "We are over the moon. It is something we have been working towards for the past five years, to have one of our kids in a TV drama.

"It's vindication of all the hard work."

A Will And A Way run classes every Saturday morning and Tuesday evening at Westleigh High School. To join and for more information contact Will on 07974 103034 or email willtravis@blueyonder.co.uk.