A GIFTED St Helens youngster has landed a starring role in the hit BBC series Casualty.
Ten-year-old Taylor Parry earned his big break on the prime-time medical series in September and will finally make his on-screen debut this Saturday (January 21).
The youngster, who has previously starred in adverts for Calpol, Manchester United and the Museum of Liverpool, will play the part of Joe, the nephew of fast-living staff nurse Linda Andrews - played by Liverpool actress Christine Tremarco. He is set to appear in four Casualty episodes in all.
Taylor said: “I’m just so excited. It seems like a long time since I first started filming and I can’t wait to see my episodes on TV.
“I’ve enjoyed filming all the different roles I’ve been given, although the ad for Manchester United was a bit strange as I’m a massive Liverpool fan!”
And Taylor’s proud mum, Sarah, added: “I’m absolutely thrilled for Taylor. It was a big surprise when he got the part because there were at least 60 other boys at the audition. But I think the casting director just fell for his cheeky little face!
“Taylor’s been acting since he was seven and really wants to stick at it when he’s older too. It’s a tough business though. Even now he gets more knock backs than he does parts. But he just takes it all in his stride.”
Taylor and his family have spent the last few months juggling his school work with frequent trips down to Cardiff - where Casualty is filmed.
But Diane Lamont, who teaches Taylor at the Lamont Drama School, said: “Taylor’s having a brilliant time in Casualty. He is very committed to his acting and is a delight to teach.”