Freddie Highmore as the teenage Nigel Slater in Toast, starring alongside Helena Bonham-Carter. Toast is the multi-million pound BBC adaptation of Penn-born celebrity cook Nigel Slater’s autobiographical novel of the same name.
Oscar Kennedy from Bingham, who was put forward for the role by the Television Workshop in Nottingham. He trumped hundreds of pupils to get the part, impressing in three auditions.
He says: “It really has been quite an experience; just extraordinary. To meet these professional actors and work alongside them has been fantastic.”
Toast was written by Lee Hall, who also wrote the script for Billy Elliot. Jamie Bell took the lead role in that film and there are already rumours Oscar could match his success.
“That’s a bit scary because he is such a good actor,” says Oscar.”But it’s also exciting. Helena and Freddie have both given me advice.”
Oscar’s father Pete says: “He has made us very proud. To find something you’re good at and want to do as a career is fantastic at any age but for someone as young as Oscar it really is unusual.”
Curtis Brown) from Stafford plays Nigel's school friend Warrel, with Rielly Newbold, also from Nottingham's Television Workshop and recently seen in the BBC's Dive, as Leonard.
Toast is being filmed at locations throughout the Midlands including the Black Country Living Museum and Highbury Hall in Moseley, and is due to be shown on the BBC at the end of the year,