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New Cast Member Has Joined EJ Musical

Tuesday 24
June 2008 @ 15:59
– GMT

In three years, there have been fifteen Billy Elliots on the West End stage. But there’s never been a Londoner – until yesterday.

That’s when Fox Jackson-Keen, of Hornsey, stepped into the role made famous by Jamie Bell in the original film set in a Northern mining town.

“I will probably be nervous on the night but I’m not now,” the 13-year-old said. “I’m just really excited and really proud to be the first London boy to play Billy Elliot.”

The son of a marketing agent started break-dancing when he was nine and soon took up ballet and tap. He decided he wanted to be in Billy Elliot after seeing the production at the Victoria Palace Theatre. “It’s such a clever show, just the timing and every detail in it,” he remarked.

The first time he auditioned, he was too small. But when Fox re-applied. he was accepted, and has spent the past year training. His younger brother, Teddy, had a little role in Billy Elliot last year.

Fox, who has previously filmed in Cannes and appeared in TV shows such as The Bill, said, “I’m 13 years old and have been lucky enough to have done some amazing things.”

He joins current Billy Elliots Layton Williams (14 years old from Manchester), Hogan Fulton (13 years old from Newberry Park, California) and Joshua Fedrick (14 years old from Saltash, Cornwall) who perform alongside the adult principals Jackie Clune (Mrs. Wilkinson), Phil Whitchurch (Dad), Chris Lennon (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Trevor Fox (George), Alex Delamere (Mr. Braithwaite), Sara Poyzer (Mum) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy).

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