Tadcaster teenager lands top TV role

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Determination and a passion to succeed have led to a plum TV role for a Tadcaster Grammar pupil.

Daniel Pearson, or Danny as he prefers to be called, has hit the big time and landed a leading role in the popular children’s TV series Tracy Beaker Returns.

“I am really excited to be part of such a popular show,” said Danny, who will play the part of Rick.

“Most people my age know of the Tracy Beaker Returns series and the Jacqueline Wilson books.”

Fifteen-year-old Danny was smitten by the acting bug at the age of 11, when he appeared as the singing pharaoh in a primary school production of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

At 13 he decided to look more seriously at acting and attended various acting classes.

Waterloo Road beckoned and Danny was called as an extra on numerous occasions.

However, not content with being in the background, Danny, with the support of his family and agent, set out attending castings all over the country.

He was cast in a small role in Vera, a detective programme set in the North East and earlier this year filmed a promotional film for Coutts bank.

A student at Tadcaster Grammar School, Danny recently appeared in the school production of The Wiz, as the Wiz, but says that “TV and film acting are my real passion”.

“Danny has never lost his determination and passion to succeed,” said his mother Nina.

“His success in the North East has finally paid off with this role as a new regular character in Tracy Beaker Returns, which is also filmed in Newcastle.

“Filming took place in the summer holidays and he had to live in Newcastle for three months.

“It has been a really good experience for him and a good starting block for him to hopefully launch his career from.

The show has a huge following as Mrs Pearson explained: “When he went out with the cast they were bombarded by fans but Danny wasn’t recognised because the series hasn’t come out yet.

“But he doesn’t look much like his character so hopefully he will escape a bit of the attention.”

Danny faces another test as he is studying for his GCSEs with drama and music being among the ones he hopes to pass in addition to professional acting qualifications.

“Acting is for him and he doesn’t even want to consider doing anything else,” added his Mum.

“All Danny’s family and friends are so proud of him and thrilled that his commitment and hard work has been rewarded with this wonderful opportunity.”

Tracy Beaker Returns will air in the New Year on CBBC.