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Star turn: Russell Brand in ‘Four Kids and It’. Photos: Sky LTD

Star turn: Russell Brand in ‘Four Kids and It’. Photos: Sky LTD

Star turn: Russell Brand in ‘Four Kids and It’. Photos: Sky LTD

The Irish child star of a new home-grown movie has revealed how actor Russell Brand once arrived on the east coast set in an ice-cream van.

Galway actor Ely Solan - who received major critical acclaim for his first ever role in the Oscar-nominated short film 'Detainment' - features in the family film 'Four Kids and It', which premières on Sky Cinema and Now TV this week.

The star-studded cast includes Michael Caine, Russell Brand, 'Downton Abbey' star Matthew Goode and a much-anticipated cameo appearance from popstar Cheryl.

The movie is based on the best-selling novel by author Jacqueline Wilson.

Ely (15) said Brand was a big hit with the young actors on set along the wild Wicklow coastline.

"On Fridays, Russell Brand would bring a special surprise to set so this day I was reading over my lines with my mum in the trailer waiting for the scene and I hear this familiar music outside.

"I went out of the trailer and it was just Russell Brand inside an ice-cream truck handing out ice-creams, he got ice-cream for the whole set, it was really nice."

Ely was 14 when he walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards.

"I met Samuel L Jackson very briefly, he shook my hand as he was walking along. Melissa McCarthy stopped and talked to me for two minutes which was very nice as she was up for Best Actress.

"Right now, I'm in the middle of my Junior Cert year and I'm going for auditions here and there. We have loads of work even being off school."

'Four Kids and It' airs this Friday.

Irish Independent