Jack Carroll

Jack Carroll

Jack Carroll featured on Britain’s Got Talent in 2013 at the age of just 14, when judge David Walliams hailed him ‘a comedy genius’

The previous year he won a Daily Mirror Pride Of Britain award, after gaining fame via the internet, when a video of his first gig at his parents’ wedding anniversary attracted 10,000 YouTube hits.

He has also supported Jason Manford, for a segment on BBC’s The One Show and had a regular role in David Walliams sitcom Big School.

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Jack Carroll shoots his first movie

With Johnny Vegas, Asim Chaudhry and Kevin Eldon

Filming has begun on a new comedy movie starring Johnny Vegas, Jack Carroll and Asim Chaudhry.

Eaten By Lions is about two half-brothers, Omar and Pete, who seek out Omar’s birth father, who they think is a Bollywood actor, and find him living in Blackpool.

This will be the first movie role for Britain’s Got Talent and Trollied star Carroll , who plays Pete alongisde Skins actor Antionio Aakeel as Omar.

Vegas plays Ray, ‘a cross-dressing hotelier with a heart of gold’. Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, the comic said: ‘He’s a very well-meaning man who lost the love of his life and runs a boarding house. His appearance is not exactly average, but he’s got a heart of gold and would go out of the way to help anyone. 

‘I don’t think he’s ever left the house since he discovered click-and-collect. As soon as Sainsbury’s started doing deliveries that was it.’

The film also stars Kevin Eldon, Vicki Pepperdine, People Just Do Nothing’s  Chaudhry and soap actors Nitin Ganatra (Eastenders) and Hayley Tamaddon (Emmerdale).

 Tom Binns, currently starring in BBC One’s Hospital People, makes an appearance as a fortune teller while comics Janice Connolly, Phil Ellis and Peter Slater also have roles.

Eaten By Lions is being directed by Jason Wingard, who co-wrote  the script with David Isaac, who has previously written on Citizen Khan, Not Going Out and Lunch Monkeys.

Now being shot in Blackpool, the film is based on Wingard’s 2014 short Going To Mecca, which also starred Carroll, but featured Aqib Khan as his half-brother. In that film, Omar and Pete went to Blackpool to scatter the ashes of the father who raised them both.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes film from that short.

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Published: 28 Apr 2017

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