Year 8 student to star in Torvill and Dean biopic

As ever during the festive season there will be plenty of fabulous TV to watch, and for talented year 8 student Mason, there is another reason he’ll be tuning in on Christmas Day – to see himself on screen as he stars in the Torvill and Dean biopic to be shown on ITV!

Torvill and Dean traces the early story of the figure skaters from Nottingham who captured the public’s imagination with their stunning gold medal-winning dance to Boléro at the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Mason, who has been acting since the age of 4 and appeared in short films and as an extra in TV programmes previously, plays the young Christopher Dean (aged 10/11) in the feature-length programme. He originally auditioned for the role in July 2018 after being put forward for the role by the drama agency TV Workshop.

He says, “I had to learn a cut version of the script and then perform for the producers – I got a call back where I had to learn and perform a bigger part of the script and then waited to hear. When I got the news that I had the part, my reaction was ‘whoa!’ and I was very pleased to be successful.”

Filming for Mason’s scenes took place during the six-week summer holidays, and he prepared thoroughly for the role as all good actors do! “I read a biography about Christopher’s life and career before we flew over to Belfast for filming. This research was very important in playing the role.”

In total, Mason was on set for 5 days of filming, meeting many of the stars of the programme including Poppy Lee Friar and Will Tudor (who play Torvill and Dean), Anita Dobson, Stephen Tompkinson and Dean Andrews amongst others.

Mason adds, “It was such an amazing and exciting experience to be involved in such a programme. Acting is something that I would love to do as a career and this makes me want to do it even more. I can’t wait to see myself on screen and to really enjoy watching the finished programme.”

From all at National, we want to say how proud we are – I’m sure we will all be tuning in to watch. Well done Mason!

The programme will air at 9.15pm on Christmas Day on ITV.

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