TOM TAY­LOR

Empire (UK) - - PRE.VIEW - words HE­LEN O’HARA por­trait STEVE SCHOFIELD

Age

__ 16

Plays

__ Jake Cham­bers, the teen hero of fan­tasy epic The Dark Tower, op­po­site idris Elba’s Gun­slinger and Matthew Mc­conaughey’s the Man in Black. “Jake has vi­sions of other worlds, he’s bul­lied for it. [so] trav­el­ling to dif­fer­ent worlds, it’s like he be­longs there.”

Back­story

__ “i’m one of seven [kids] and we all went to a the­atre school on satur­days to give my par­ents a break. an agent vis­ited when i was about 11. i had to do some cheesy ad­vert thing, but the buzz of do­ing weird stuff is what i like.”

Early Roles

__ “when i got a role in Ca­su­alty i was amazed; i was in that for a few min­utes. then [BBC saxon epic] The Last King­dom [where he played Young Uhtred] was my first big thing.”

The Big Break

__ “The Dark Tower! i had eight au­di­tions, over four months. My first au­di­tion, i read the sides and they said, ‘Great. Can you do it in amer­i­can now?’ No-one told me i needed an ac­cent! i hadn’t read any­thing like it. i thought it would be all, like, fairies, but ac­tu­ally it’s sick.”

Next Up

__ “i have things in the pipe­line, but they’re on the down-low. i’d like to play some­thing crazy. ob­vi­ously, i’m only start­ing, but the as­pi­ra­tion would be to play some­thing meaty.”

Act­ing Men­tors

__ “it feels real when you watch tom Hardy. i met him for some­thing on Taboo, be­fore this film op­por­tu­nity came up and they very kindly let me off. i like robert Car­lyle and paddy Con­si­dine as well.”

Hob­bies

__ “i bought a few skate­boards in south africa, and i would skate around the set [of The Dark Tower]. i did get evils from the pro­duc­ers.” THE DARK TOWER IS IN CIN­E­MAS FROM 18 AU­GUST

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