ONE of the country’s youngest-ever publicans can raise a glass to a new career as he begins filming for an important new BBC drama.

This week Tom O’Toole, from Rossendale, is starting shooting in Blackburn and Liverpool for a role in ‘Reg’, the true-life story of soldier’s father Reg Keys, whose son was killed in Iraq.


Penned by Cracker writer Jimmy McGovern, Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs actor Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Smith, who appeared in Death Comes To Pemberley, have taken lead roles in the fledgling production, which examines events surrounding the last Gulf War.

Mr Keys’ son Tom was one of six Royal Military Police officers murdered in Al Majar,during the conflict.

The story follows the father’s battle to secure answers over the deaths, and his eventual election campaign against former Prime Minister Tony Blair in his Sedgefield constituency.

The 90-minute drama, commissioned by BBC One, will see McGovern oversee the project as executive producer.

Tom said: “I’m really excited to be part of the production but I can’t say much about it at the moment as filming is just beginning.”

He has branched out into acting after first making a name for himself as one of the UK’s youngest landlords, taking the helm at the former Madison’s Wine Bar in Rawtenstall at the tender age of 20.

He has also previously made appearance in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, the BBC’s Waterloo Road and a number of commercials.

TV work is not his only new avenue as he has also secured a contract modelling for Rossendale-based Limitless Clothing.

The Accrington-based venture, which supports its own mountain bike team and specialises in sports and leisure wear, is about to launch its new autumn and winter collection.

Tom and the clothing company are also supporting the effort of Haslingden Pool revival group HAPPI.

The group has organised a curry night fundraiser at the Anarkali restaurant, at the Farmer’s Glory in Haslingden for September 21, with tickets priced at £15.

n For more details or to secure a place contact the venue on 01706 260656.