Gently does it for baby Harry

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AN adorable Hartlepool baby became the star of a hit television episode alongside a string of famous faces.

Gorgeous Harry Robert Hall has appeared in the third episode of the fourth series of BBC crime drama Inspector George Gently, played by Martin Shaw.

And the five-month-old from Greatham, Hartlepool, was beamed across the UK’s TV screens on Sunday night with the 1960s-set show being watched by millions.

His proud mum Hayley Hall, 24, watched the show with Harry’s dad, Jonathan Hall, 24, and was moved to tears.

Hayley, who lives with her Navy husband Jonathan and baby Harry in Queensway, Greatham, said: “I watched the show on Sunday night and it was really surreal, I started to cry. It was just so strange seeing him on the telly yet he was asleep at home upstairs.”

The Tesco worker added: “We couldn’t believe it when he got a main part in the show.

“It’s just been unbelievable really, but the experience of a lifetime.

“We had Harry’s picture taken with Martin Shaw as well so it will be something for him to remember when he’s older.”

The youngster got the part after a neighbour, who had done TV extra work in the past, said the BBC was looking for babies.

Hayley inquired and was told Harry could have the part. But little did she know that the character he would be playing would be part of the main plot.

The baby, who was just six weeks at the time of filming, played a baby girl called Faith who was kidnapped.

And he was also portrayed as Faith’s twin brother Thomas, in the show which also features actors Lee Ingleby, as John Bacchus, and Helen Baxendale, as Frances Groves.

The family spent five days travelling to Durham for scenes and also closer to home at the Headland and Seaton Carew beach.

Harry, who was born on April 22 weighing 8lb 3oz, even got his own trailer with “Baby Thomas and Baby Faith” written on the door, complete with bottle-making facilities!




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