Rawtenstall Hollyoaks and Shameless actor launches acting academy

Thomas O’Toole

Thomas O’Toole

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A HOLLYOAKS and Shameless actor has set up his own academy for budding screen stars.

Thomas O’Toole hosted his first acting classes earlier this week after himself spending ten years in drama school and the television industry.

The 21-year-old, from Rawtenstall, said he hoped he could unearth some stars of the future during the lessons.

Mr O’Toole, who has also appeared in Waterloo Road and Fresh Meat, said he wanted to do something new and give something back to the town where he grew up.

The sessions take place at Sparkle Dance Academy in Burnley Road, Rawtenstall, with students in its first week ranging in age from five to 50.

Mr O’Toole, who honed his skills at the Carol Godby Theatre Workshop in Bury, said: “I didn’t expect so much interest initially but all 10 places were full at the under-12s class on Tuesday and I’ve got 17 people interested in coming along next week.

“It’s great to be able to point people in the right direction and see them transform in front of your own eyes.

“Some kids come in without confidence and to see them leave with their heads held high and come out of their shell is really pleasing.

“One woman in the over-12s class on Thursday was 50 and had never done anything like this before.”

Mr O’Toole, formerly a landlord at Madison’s Wine Bar, juggles his new teaching role with another job as a barman at Zazu Bar in Bacup Road.

The former Haslingden High School and Accrington and Rossendale College student will be back on screens later this month playing a thief in the final series of Channel Four drama Shameless, created by Burnley writer Paul Abbott.

Jody Latham, who grew up in Colne and now lives in Bacup, and Burnley actress Alice Barry, also appear in the series.

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2:41pm Sun 10 Mar 13

Steve4x4 says...

There's more than enough actors in the area, you see em all in the town center, ideal to play parts in Shameless, and they wouldn't need much coaching.
There's more than enough actors in the area, you see em all in the town center, ideal to play parts in Shameless, and they wouldn't need much coaching. Steve4x4
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7:24pm Mon 11 Mar 13

Smokeyjo81 says...

Lots of jealous people in the town to steve4x4 isn't there? Well done Tom u keep doin what ur doing were all proud of u! And remember HATERS MAKE U FAMOUS!
Lots of jealous people in the town to steve4x4 isn't there? Well done Tom u keep doin what ur doing were all proud of u! And remember HATERS MAKE U FAMOUS! Smokeyjo81
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10:01pm Mon 11 Mar 13

Smokeyjo81 says...

Steve4x4 wrote:
There's more than enough actors in the area, you see em all in the town center, ideal to play parts in Shameless, and they wouldn't need much coaching.
Smokeyjo81 says...
7:24pm Mon 11 Mar 13

Lots of jealous people in the town to steve4x4 isn't there? Well done Tom u keep doin what ur doing were all proud of u! And remember HATERS MAKE U FAMOUS!
[quote][p][bold]Steve4x4[/bold] wrote: There's more than enough actors in the area, you see em all in the town center, ideal to play parts in Shameless, and they wouldn't need much coaching.[/p][/quote]Smokeyjo81 says... 7:24pm Mon 11 Mar 13 Lots of jealous people in the town to steve4x4 isn't there? Well done Tom u keep doin what ur doing were all proud of u! And remember HATERS MAKE U FAMOUS! Smokeyjo81
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12:58am Tue 12 Mar 13

Major Tom says...

Nearly every town has an acting academy. Look for JobCentre Plus.
Nearly every town has an acting academy. Look for JobCentre Plus. Major Tom
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