A schoolboy actor from Cardiff is proving a huge hit after landing successive high-profile roles – including a Hollywood film alongside Minnie Driver.
Daniel Middleton has wowed producers with his performances and has been earmarked as “one to watch out for in 2011”.
The nine-year-old Rumney Primary School pupil, who has only been acting for six months, has so far starred in Swansea-set movie Hunky Dory – about a teacher trying to stage a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the summer of 1976 – Casualty, in which he played a gypsy traveller, and a Six Nations TV commercial as a young George North.
But despite his early success the modest youngster, from The Grove, Rumney, insists his feet have remained firmly on the ground.
“My dad thinks I’m going to be a really big celebrity but I don’t know about that; I’m just enjoying myself,” he said.
Daniel, who attends the Mark Jermin Stage School, said acting came easily to him and he just tried to be himself on set. He added: “I’m probably not going to be the next Jackie Chan or Johnny Depp but I wouldn’t mind being like Nicolas Cage.
“He was really good in World Trade Centre and Knowing, although that was a bit creepy.”
Richard Williams, Daniel’s dad, said: “It’s amazing to think he only started six months ago.
“His management think he’s got a bright future, which is probably why he’s already done quite a bit of work, including the Hollywood-backed Hunky Dory. He’s a natural and he wasn’t at all fazed by going on set or being with the actors or director – he absolutely loved every minute of it. Fingers crossed he’ll be a great success.”
Mark Jermin, Daniel’s manager, said: “Daniel enrolled last September and since then we’ve seen what a really bubbly and outgoing character he is.
“He’s already been quite busy with Hunky Dory, the Six Nations commercial and Casualty and he’s got a few more auditions lined up.
“We’ve been really impressed with him so far and he’s got great potential – he’s one to watch out for in 2011.”