Leeds children star in All Creatures Great and Small Christmas Special set in Yorkshire Dales


The Leeds students are part of the Articulate Drama School and Agency.

The children filmed for the Channel 5 show on the set in the Yorkshire Dales through the school which offers weekly drama sessions and offers opportunities in TV and film to children.

Austin Haynes, aged 12, from Royds High School in Leeds said: “'I loved filming for All Creatures.

“I am a big Harry Potter fan so I was starstruck when I turned around and spotted Matthew Lewis who plays Neville Lonbgbottom in the Harry Potter series.

“In the Christmas Special I play the role of Joseph in the Nativity scenes and I had to wear a long robe and a tea towel on my head, similar to what I wore in the school nativity.

“I really enjoyed every minute of it, I got to film with my brother Rocco too.”

Austin’s brother Rocco Haynes, aged seven, of Sharp Lane Primary in Leeds said: “I played the role of the King in the Nativity and got to wear a long robe and a beard.

“I really loved seeing the donkeys and all the other animals, they were so cute.

“I also really love Grassington and have visited a lot with my family since filming ended.”

Stacey Burrows, director at Articulate Drama School and Agency said: “The Articulate Kids are very much familiar with travelling a long way for filming but the Yorkshire Dales are on our doorstep and the kids adored shooting this show, whilst everyone I've spoken to has loved watching it.

“It's so wonderful to see such an upbeat family show, full of positivity, just what we needed this year.”

The Christmas Special is available to watch on catch up on Channel 5.

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