Clark stars as his very own movie superstar

Clark Doyle, aged seven, at the premiere of his film at Cineworld St Helens. Clark, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, created and starred in his own film as part of a day organised by Make-A-Wish Foundation UK
Clark Doyle, aged seven, at the premiere of his film at Cineworld St Helens. Clark, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, created and starred in his own film as part of a day organised by Make-A-Wish Foundation UK
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An imaginative youngster who suffers from a degenerative condition enjoyed a moment in the limelight at his very own film premiere.

Seven-year-old Clark Doyle was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2011.

But that hasn’t stopped the Thatto Heath Primary School pupil from penning his own science fiction script - Dimension Zero - and he enjoyed the full red carpet treatment at Cineworld in St Helens.

Courtesy of the Make A Wish charity, Clark first travelled down to London with his family to film his own movie - even starring as Tiger alongside his dad and many other creative characters.

Another of the film’s characters, a Hand Tongue Frog puppet, was made by Jim Henson at the Creature Shop especially for Clark.

Then, last Sunday, Clark arrived in a limo at Cineworld, St Helens, for the premiere of the film - ready to walk the red carpet like a true star.

His mum, Katie, said: “When Clark was first diagnosed it was devastating and it is difficult knowing that his condition will get progressively worse. However, the wish couldn’t have been better for Clark – it was right up his street and he had the most amazing experience.

“It has really inspired him to stay involved in acting and continue creating stories.”

Clark, of Thatto Heath, was born with muscular dystrophy but wasn’t diagnosed until he was four. He is now on steroids to slow the condition down and requires regular physiotherapy.

Doctors expect him to gradually lose the use of his legs and eventually become totally reliant on a wheelchair.

Katie added: “The wish has really boosted Clark’s confidence. He often feels that his peers are ahead of him, but he now feels like he has achieved something special - it’s fantastic.”

There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting life-threatening conditions. Make A Wish hope to grant 900 wishes this year and need to raise £7m annually.