So, tell us a bit about how you got into performing.
It all started when I was at school, which wasn’t that long ago at all. I really enjoyed that time of my life – I had lots of friends and I started acting and performing because my family encouraged me to go to Stagecoach. I stopped for a while mid-way into secondary school for various reasons, but picked it up again around Year 10 or 11 – that’s when I realised, ‘I want to do this in the future’, and I auditioned for performing arts colleges.
It must have felt great when you bagged yourself a place at the Wilkes Academy of Performing Acts. I’ve heard Robbie Williams is one of the patrons because he’s best mates with owner Johnny Wilkes.
So are Ant and Dec – they came in once when I was there but I’ve never met Robbie sadly. I got so much more out of the experience to make up for that though – mostly valuable dancing skills, so that’s my speciality now. The teaching wasn’t very theory-based – there were mainly mock auditions to prepare us for the future, and we had to learn a lot of songs off by heart for those.
I’d be terrible at that but it’s certainly paid off for you – you’ve already had some really exciting roles.
I danced in Billy Elliot first, for about three years, but eventually I got too tall for the show so they had to drop me. And then, ironically, I was Tiny Tim in Scrooge at the Sunderland Empire. After that I did a couple of pantomimes – Aladdin and Dick Whittington, and as soon as I graduated I went straight into Mamma Mia! on the West End, which I’m performing in at the moment – so yeah, I’ve been busy.
I’m dying to ask about Mamma Mia! – I bet it’s so much fun.
It’s hands down the best show I’ve done so far. I hadn’t actually seen it before I got the part, but I was auditioning for roles in London so I decided to give it a shot. If you haven’t seen it before, the stage production is actually pretty similar to the film – from a dancer’s point of view, all the choreography’s the same, and I’m a Swing which means I’m in all the dances. It’s been brilliant working here – hard, but I’ve definitely learnt a lot from the experience. It’s the biggest cast I’ve been a part of, but we do all know each other, and we really get on like a family. And I like lots of ABBA songs now – Voulez-Vous’s my favourite.
That’s a good one. Singing and dancing to ABBA on stage every night sounds like a dream job.
Oh, it is. I’d love to be in Wicked too – that’s an amazing show. I’ve always been a musical fan, so I’m happy working in musical theatre for the time being as I’m still really young, but I’d quite like to do some commercial dance with music artists in the future. It’d be great to dance with Justin Timberlake, but I’d also consider being a backing dancer on TV shows like the X Factor.
Mamma Mia! plays at London's Novello Theatre until 3 March 2018, to purchase tickets visit www.novellotheatrelondon.info