London-born Douglas Booth landed an agent when he was 15, when actors are still subject to child labour laws.
As soon as he turned 16 and was free of those restrictions, the work began flooding in. First up was Julian Fellowes’ ghost story From Time To Time, but the show-stopper was being cast as Boy George in the BBC’s biographical drama Worried About The Boy, followed by another BBC series, Christopher And His Kind. His star turn in Lisa Azuelos’ forthcoming US remake of French hit LOL, with Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore, is still to be seen, and in the meantime Booth has landed two high-profile parts. The first, as Pip in BBC TV’s Great Expectations, will shoot this month for a December transmission date; he will then play Romeo in Carlo Carlei’s Verona-set Romeo And Juliet for Amber Entertainment opposite Hailee Steinfeld. “People tell me my life is going to change in the next year, and it’s a little bit scary,” he admits. “But I’m in this for the long term. I want to have a career where everything I do means something to me.”
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