Royle Family’s Ricky Tomlinson looking forward to Hartlepool show and meeting aspiring young actor

Ricky Tomlinson with Daniel Cooper, aged 12, and Paul Gough

Ricky Tomlinson with Daniel Cooper, aged 12, and Paul Gough

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Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson says he is looking forward to meeting fans when he comes to Hartlepool next week – including one of his biggest 12-year-old Daniel Cooper.

The town youngster is set for a special meeting with his acting hero when Ricky stages a live variety show at the Belle Vue Social Club on Thursday, April 13.

The Royle Family - Jim (RICKY TOMLINSON)

The Royle Family - Jim (RICKY TOMLINSON)

Daniel first met Ricky with his parents Shirley and Stephen when Ricky appeared alongside Hartlepool-born BBC Tees radio presenter Paul ‘Goffy’ Gough at a sell-out stage show at Middlesbrough in September 2015.

The aspiring young actor who attends St Hild’s School chatted to the Royle Family and Mike Bassett star to ask his advice about making acting a career.

Daniel said: “I love Ricky and think he is the greatest as he can play so many roles. We always watch the Royle Family and have the full collection on DVD at home. I also love him in the Mike Bassett England Manager film as he always makes me laugh in that.”

Since his first meeting with Ricky, Daniel has gone on to perform in the West End.

I met young Daniel with his parents a while ago and it will be smashing to hear of his progress

Ricky Tomlinson

He played the part of Chip Buddy in the production of ‘Lazy Ace at her Majesty’s Theatre in London.

Earlier this month he was also appeared on the CBBC TV show Remotely Funny and was recently awarded a scholarship in music at Hartlepool’s Mick Donnelly Music Academy in Brougham Terrace.

The rising star also attends the Pauline Quirke Academy in Stockton where he has received awards and accolades for his work.

“I’m so excited to meet him again and to be able to tell him of the work and the progress of my stage stuff since we last met in Middlesbrough,” added Daniel.

The meet has been arranged by BBC Tees presenter Paul ‘Goffy’ Gough who is putting on the night at the Belle Vue.

The evening will include a look back at Ricky’s long and successful career.

Ricky said: “I am really looking forward to coming to Hartlepool this Easter for a very special evening of comedy and music.

“I wanted to appear at some selected social clubs as I have so great fans in them. I also like to see the local clubs surviving in these difficult times, so If I can help get people through the doors in the Belle Vue Club then that will be great.”

He added: “I met young Daniel with his parents a while ago and it will be smashing to hear of his progress.

“Youngsters like Daniel are the next generation in this business and If I can encourage him to keep pushing forward that has to be a bonus.”