BUDDING Sheffield actor Sam Henderson is treading the boards to the big time - and his drama teacher says he’s already got an army of girl fans.
Sam, aged 15, from Dore, has won a place with the elite National Youth Theatre in London after talent scouts spotted his burgeoning stage potential.
During his stay at the Greenwich-based theatre school, Sam will take part in a series of workshops and auditions designed to thrust him into the big time.
Having caught the acting bug when he played an ugly step sister in a primary school panto production of Cinderella, Sam has gone from strength to strength performing in a long list of productions.
A pupil at King Ecgbert School in Dore, he gained rave reviews for his performance as Bob Cratchit in the school’s production of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.
And last year he played Sir Antony Sher’s son in Enemy of The People at The Crucible.
Sam said: “I’m really excited. It’s a brilliant opportunity for me and I fully intend to make the most of it.”
Sam is seeking sponsorship from local businesses to help him pay his fees and accommodation costs.
Cheryl Bartlett, head of drama at King Ecgbert School, is confident Sam has what it takes to go far.
She said: “He is a rising star and an inspiration to teach.
“His comedic skills as an actor have myself and the rest of his GCSE class in hysterics! Sam is also a lovely and friendly boy.
“He is also a popular favourite with all the girls and has most of them swooning over him.”