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STAR IN THE MAKING: 11-year-old Joshua-James Thomas will play Goody Goody Gordon in the film Horrid Henry

A TALENTED schoolboy from London will make his big screen debut in the much-anticipated children’s film Horrid Henry.

Joshua-James Thomas, 11, of Harrow, north west London, even filmed scenes with veteran actor Richard E Grant in his role as Goody Goody Gordon.

The character is a member of the Best Boys Club alongside Tidy Tim and Spotless Sam. He is the younger brother of Brainy Brian – a constant source of annoyance to Horrid Henry who wreaks havoc wherever he goes.

Joshua-James, who attended Barbara Speake Stage School, in west London, was narrowed down to the final ten after his school was invited to audition.

After impressing directors and producers, he was eventually cast to play the role of Goody Goody Gordon.

He said: “My favourite part was filming scenes with Richard E Grant when we were tied up in the chair.

“The whole thing was a really good experience for me. I have been in lots of television shows but this is my first time in a really big movie.

“I look up to actors like Will Smith who is someone who has really made it. I hope I can follow in his footsteps and be as successful as he has been.”

Joshua-James, who has had roles in The Bill and The Paul O’Grady Show, is now about to start secondary school but hopes to continue acting and designing for his fashion line JJT Couture.

His mum, Deborah, said: “He is a bit of a goody goody in real life, actually. He is a very stylish young man, softly spoken and just loves to create things.

“He says himself that he is an old soul in modern times. The family were shocked that he said it with a completely straight face.”

Horrid Henry will be showing nationwide across the UK from July 29 and also stars Anjelica Huston and Parminder Nagra star of Bend It Like Beckham.

It is based on the best-selling children’s book series by Francesca Wilson first published in 1994.

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