“I’d like to think my ca­reer will in­volve more than dance . . . The more things I try, the more things I want to keep on”

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best four years of my life. Peo­ple al­ways tell you hard work pays off and I’ve been work­ing my arse off to keep it go­ing.”

His many en­gage­ments post- BGT pre­vented young Mas­ter Samp­son from re­turn­ing prop­erly to school. But he did travel with a tu­tor. “I did bet­ter with the pri­vate tu­tor than I ever would have man­aged at school,” he says. “Now I wish I had maybe paid a bit more at­ten­tion but I was al­ways one of those kids who ba­si­cally came in for the lunch break.” And he has, in­deed, re­turned to the class­room, al­beit as Wa­ter­loo Road’s res­i­dent bad boy, Kyle Stack.

“I’ve fin­ished film­ing now,” he says. “My last 10 eps are cur­rently on TV. Once those fin­ish that’s me done. It all co­in­cides with the sto­ry­line. And I ab­so­lutely loved it. The fact that what I call work is me go­ing into a school

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of­ten think dancers are bitchy. But that’s a load of bol­lox.”

Will he con­tinue to dance be­yond the fab­u­lous Streetdance se­quel? Will he act? Is there such a com­pound as dac­tor?

“I’d like to think my ca­reer will in­volve more than dance. I don’t know. It's a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion to be in. I know a lot more than I did four years ago. But the more things I try, the more things I want to keep on. Since I started act­ing I’ve re­ally fallen in love with it. Then again if peo­ple know me at all it’s for my danc­ing and I would love to make a ca­reer out of that. I want both. I think.”

Hap­pily, at 18, Samp­son is just warm­ing up.

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