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Horsforth actor Anthony Lewis back home for new comedy series
With two decades of TV and film roles behind him, Anthony Lewis is a familiar face to many.
Now the Horsforth-born actor is to star in a TV comedy, which will fulfil the dreams of a joiner and plumber who have turned writer and assistant producer.
Anthony, 29, began acting as a child, and was followed into the business by his younger brother, Matthew, who went on to find fame as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films.
And while his brother may have won worldwide recognition as part of the Potter phenomenon, Anthony has hardly been a slouch.
He began his acting career at the age of nine and has appeared in many popular TV series, including Heartbeat, A Touch of Frost and Cracker. More recently he played Marc Reynolds in Emmerdale for four years, as well as roles in Torchwood and The Syndicate.
Now the actor, who lives in London, is returning to Yorkshire to appear in Make It Plumb, a new comedy based on a firm of builders.
The pilot episode of the series, which is the brainchild of writer Andrew Dorree, 31, and assistant producer Gavin O’Malley, 34, will be filmed in the spring. But the cast are already working on a series of smaller shoots to produce introductory sketches of three to four minutes.
Anthony said: “Andrew has been in the trade a long time and this is something that is his baby. It is kind of loosely based on his own experiences.”
For Anthony, whose family still live in Horsforth, the filming in Yorkshire is a welcome chance to return home.
“My family and friends are still in Leeds, so it’s quite nice to go up there,” he said. “The last time I was filming up there was The Syndicate with the BBC.”
The sketches, which were being filmed at the weekend, will be screened on freeview channel Made in Leeds TV later this year.