Soap star joins cast of Beauty And The Beast

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ASOAP ac­tor who has ap­peared in over 50 come­dies and dra­mas is join­ing the cast of the The Brind­ley pan­tomime.

Dean Har­ris will be play­ing Belle’s father, Mau­rice, in Beauty And The Beast, along­side Amelle Berrabah who plays Fairy Su­gababe in the #Brind­ley­panto.

Dean Har­ris is a sea­soned ac­tor, ap­pear­ing in God­spell, Blake’s Seven, Dixon Of Dock Green, The Sweeney, Grange Hill, Z-Cars, Easten­ders and Corona­tion Street (where he played Alan Skid­more).

He be­gan his act­ing ca­reer in 1966; the early years spent ap­pear­ing with lead­ing reper­tory com­pa­nies in the UK as well as tour­ing the United King­dom, Canada and Zim­babwe.

In Lon­don’s West End he played Ju­das in God­spell op­po­site Robert Lind­say at Wyn­d­ham’s The­atre (1974) and Dadda Kemp in En­ter­tain­ing Mr Sloane op­po­site Al­i­son Stead­man at The Arts (2001).

He has also ap­preaed in more than 50 tele­vi­sion come­dies and dra­mas, in­clud­ing Sher­lock Holmes, The Sweeney, As Time Goes By and If You Go Down In The Woods To­day to name a few.

Dean also ap­peared in the BBC chil­dren tele­vi­sion com­edy se­ries, as the naive Mr Boyes in Bad Boyes; and the en­vi­ron­ment pol­luter, Mr Belcher in Earth Warp.

In an adult ori­en­tated se­ries he played Sgt Quirk in Blood Money, from which Michael Deni­son’s and Dean’s char­ac­ters ● The Brind­ley The­atre were taken and given their own es­pi­onage se­ries called Cold War­rior.

He was also seen as the best safe cracker in busi­ness in the BBC se­ries The Fourth Arm, plus the an­i­mal rights mil­i­tant, Cur­tis Jaeger in Howards’ Way.

Other tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances in­clude in Z-Cars, Softly, Softly, Berg­erac, Blake’s 7, Ca­su­alty, Corona­tion Street, EastEn­ders, Shoe­string, Lon­don’s Burn­ing, Drop The Dead Don­key, Grange Hill, Heart­beat, Howards’ Way, Silent Wit­ness, A Touch Of Frost, and five dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters in The Bill.

His voice work in­cludes dra­mas on CBC-ra­dio and the part of Villa in the ini­tial au­dio record­ings of Blake’s 7.

He played op­po­site Derek Ja­cobi in The Mar­tian Chron­i­cles and has a five-page death scene in the au­dio ver­sion of Dan Dare.

Last year Dean’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed per­for­mance as movie mogul Louis B Mayer in The Tai­lor Made Man earned him an Offie nom­i­na­tion for Best Ac­tor.

‘Red Dress’ singer Amelle Berrabah is also star­ring in the pro­duc­tion. She joined the Sug­ababes in 2005 af­ter their man­ager had seen her per­form years ear­lier as a mem­ber of her first band, Boo2.

The Sug­ababes went onto world­wide suc­cess with sell­ing more than 12 mil­lion al­bums, over 26 top 10 sin­gles and two num­ber one hits.

Dame Rob Squire was re­cently re­vealed a re­turn­ing to the Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil venue this year. Char­lie Grif­fiths is also re­turn­ing to the cast.

They will join for­mer Miss Bri­tish Isles Re­becca Lake, ac­tor and lo­cal the­atre star, An­drew Cur­phey, in the Brind­ley pro­duc­tion.

The show is be­ing staged by Polka Dot Pan­tomimes on be­half of Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil.

Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive board Mem­ber for The Arts, Cllr Phil Har­ris, said: “The cast is shap­ing up nicely.

“Why not book early to avoid dis­ap­point­ment and get the best seats!”

Beauty And The Beast, pre­sented by Polka Dot Pan­tomines, runs from 10 De­cem­ber 2018 to 13 Jan­uary 2019.

For tick­ets and In­for­ma­tion visit www.the­brind­ley.org.uk

Al­ter­na­tively 0151 907 8360 phone

Dean Har­ris will be play­ing Mau­rice in Beauty And The Beast at

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