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Former Archway pupil lands role in Netflix blockbuster

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A former Archway pupil from Stonehouse is currently appearing on TV screens worldwide after landing a role in a Netflix blockbuster.

Jack Curtis is in the much-anticipated season two of Bridgerton, which was released amid great fanfare on the streaming service last week.

The 23-year-old, who appears in the credits under his stage name of Jack Ward, plays the part of an earnest suitor in episode two of the period drama, called, ‘Off to the Races’.

The actor-musician, who cut his theatrical teeth on stage in the annual Archway musicals such as Little Shop of Horrors and The Decent Rogues, filmed the scenes last year under strict lockdown conditions after sending in a self-tape to casting directors. It followed the completion of three years of studies at the Guildford School of Acting.

“It was a fantastic experience – and to get my first acting job after university in a production like Bridgerton was the stuff of dreams really,” said Jack. “It was slightly daunting – on the first day I had to play an antique flute – badly – in front of the rest of the cast!”

As well as playing the flute, as one of a number of suitors who attempt to display their artistic talents in a bid to impress Edwina, played by Charithra Chandran, Jack also has a speaking part in the opening scene of the episode, at the head of a queue of keen bachelors lining up to woo the young debutante.

Jack added: “I learned a lot working in such an environment and hopefully it stands me in good stead to develop my career now the industry is opening up again following the lockdowns.”

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