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From Northamptonshire to script writing success in Hollywood

When Tom MacRae was at school in Northamptonshire he always knew he wanted to become a script writer. Decades later and he's living in Hollywood and celebrating writing his first West End musical.

Watch a report byITV News Anglia's Sarah Byrd.


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Northamptonshire writer celebrates West End show

A script writer from Northamptonshire's celebrating as his first musical has now opened in London's West End.

Tom MacRae Credit: ITV Anglia

Tom MacRae has returned to his old school in Bugbrooke as his musical "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" wows the audiences in London

"I loved doing the school plays, my exam grades were ok, but I wasn't brilliant at that kind of thing, I like kind of daydreaming, which, luckily, I've turned into a career, so it's worked out alright, but, I used to love doing the school plays and the first time I ever stood on a stage was here, the first time I ever wrote anything, because one of the school plays where we got to contribute lines to, was here and now I get to do it for a living."

– Tom MacRae
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Schoolboy makes his acting debut in prime time drama

An 11 -year-old boy from Oldbury will make his acting debut in a primetime TV drama after his mum responded to a casting director's advert on facebook.

Himmut Singh Dhatt beat 200 others to win the role in The Boy with the Topknot which is based on a memoir by Wolverhampton writer Sathnam Sanghera about growing up in the city during the 1980s.

Wolverhampton writer Sathnam Sanghera said the production team spent months trying to find the right person to play him as a young boy.

Himmut with the writer of The Boy with the Topknot, Sathnam Sanghera Credit: Mendy Kaur Dhatt
Himmut with Bollywood and Bend it Like Beckham star Anupam Kher who plays Sathnam's father in the film Credit: Mendy Kaur Dhatt
On set with the 'adult Sathnam' - Mr Selfridge star Sacha Dhawan Credit: Mendy Kaur Dhatt

The drama airs on Monday evening (13 November).

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