Scunthorpe schoolboy Fraser Kelly stars with Anna Friel & Richard Armitage in major new movie Urban and the Shed Crew


A SCUNTHORPE schoolboy is reaching for the stars after filming a lead role with two famous actors.

Fraser Kelly, who attends Frederick Gough school, acts alongside The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage and television and film actress Anna Friel in Urban and the Shed Crew.

The 13-year-old has taken the role of Urban – a runaway boy who takes drugs, cannot read or write and does not go to school.

The film follows Urban’s story after he meets a disillusioned ex-social worker called Chop who is shocked by the circumstances of his life.

But even Chop with his own penchant for drink, drugs and hard living is shocked by the state of Urban’s life. After much soul searching, he resolves to clean up his own act and do his utmost to save the kid.

Fraser, from Bottesford, said that he really enjoyed working alongside the famous actors and was interested to see the way they got into their roles.

“It was amazing being on set with Anna because you could tell that she really knew what she was doing.

“And Richard would walk around mumbling his lines and would walk around in character,” he said.

The young actor said he has been getting used to the different styles of preparation for stage and film production.

“Filming had been a whole different preparation. We get two days of preparation for the film and a month for the stage show.

“I prefer filming – when you go on stage there is no going back – with filming there is less pressure,” he said.

The film is being premiered at the International Leeds Film Festival on November 7.

And Fraser’s mum, Amanda Kelly, said that Urban was a complex character for Fraser to get to grips with.

“The subject was difficult to tackle and it was quite upsetting to watch it being filmed,” she said.

She added that Richard Armitage had made some very complimentary comments about Fraser and his acting ability.

“When Richard was asked what he was doing on the red carpet, he talked about filming Urban and the Shed Crew and said that Fraser was the most incredible young actor. It was very high praise,” she said.

Fraser is also on a break from performing in a Full Monty production that toured the whole country.

He plays one of the leading roles – Nathan – in the show, with EastEnders and Hollyoaks star Gary Lucy playing his dad, Gaz.


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