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Age __ 20

Plays __ tommy, a young pri­vate in the Bri­tish Ex­pe­di­tionary Force bid­ding to flee the Ger­man on­slaught, in Christo­pher Nolan’s world war ii drama Dunkirk. “He should rep­re­sent the av­er­age, ev­ery­day young soldier at dunkirk.”

Back­story __ “i re­mem­ber play­ing puck in A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream at school and he was strange and quirky and that re­ally in­ter­ested me. i love char­ac­ters that are a bit dif­fer­ent.

Early Roles __ “i didn’t get into drama school when i first ap­plied and worked in a cof­fee shop — what a cliché — and on a ferry. i was go­ing to reap­ply but then i got HIM, an itv su­per­nat­u­ral drama. My char­ac­ter’s pow­ers would come out of him like in Car­rie.”

The Big Break __ “Dunkirk’s been amaz­ing. there were tough days when we were in the wa­ter for long pe­ri­ods in bat­tle gear. and run­ning up the beach car­ry­ing a stretcher with a stunt man on it was pretty knack­er­ing. i did two weeks of cir­cuit train­ing [to] sur­vive the shoot.”

Next up __ “i’ve just fin­ished The Chil­dren Act, which ian Mce­wan’s adapted from his own book. i play a 17-year-old Je­ho­vah’s wit­ness who re­fuses a blood trans­fu­sion. Com­ing off Dunkirk it was like go­ing from the tour de France to a dirt bike rally. it was just so com­pletely dif­fer­ent.”

Hob­bies __ “i like stay­ing at home, fes­ter­ing! No, my dog, Lewis. He’s a mon­grel and i love him.”

act­ing he­roes __ “dustin Hoff­man, espe­cially in Rain Man. i love robin williams and Jim Car­rey. they’re amaz­ing, phys­i­cally. and peo­ple that are a bit more in­ward, like Kevin spacey in K-PAX.” DUNKIRK IS IN CINEMAS FROM 21 JULY

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