A BUDDING thespian is set to make his screen debut after clinching a part on a prime-time TV series.
Liam Caffry had just starting acting classes at the Activate Drama School, based in Southmoor School, this time last year, when he landed a part in the new series of Inspector George Gently.
The nine-year-old, from Tunstall Grange, plays youngster Robbie Seddon in the BBC drama, which stars actor Martin Shaw in the leading role.
Liam, a keen SAFC fan, is hoping the part will help to propel his acting career, and mum Kelly, 36, said it has given him a thirst for the limelight.
She said: “He just had the time of his life filming George Gently,” she said.
“I think that is the career he would hope for if, he doesn’t make it as a footballer.”
Liam, who attends St Leonard’s School, will star in the opening episode of the new series – called Gently Between the Lines – which will air on February 6 at 8.30pm.
It sees the inspector recovering from wounds received in a shooting in Durham Cathedral, which happened at the end of last series
His second in command John Baccus, played by Lee Ingleby, is still suffering.
Gently sets about helping him to regain his confidence, by asking Bacchus to investigate a death in custody, following riots in a slum due for demolition.
Before long, the men find themselves in danger on the streets of Durham again.
“He just absolutely loved it,” said Kelly, married to Liam’s dad Simon, 38, and also mum to Niall, 11, and Ewan, five.
“He used to come home from filming full of what had been going on, and he was one of the only children on set so the adult actors used to make a fuss of him.
“A couple of people said that Martin Shaw was impressed with him, and they were impressed with how well behaved he was.
“I was very proud of him. I think he is just waiting for the next big thing to come along now.”
Since filming Inspector George Gently, Liam also recorded a supporting role in BBC period drama The Paradise.
His mum added: “None of the family are into acting and things like that.
“Nobody has done anything like it before, so I don’t know where he gets it from – maybe it’s from someone generations ago.
“His brother Ewan has started drama lessons now, so he could show he’s got talents yet, and Niall was in the school play.”
She added: “Liam has just got an audition for Billy Elliott.
“He must be out of breath waiting for the next thing to come along.”