Thursday 26 April 2018

Bullied schoolboy lands role in movie opposite Liam Neeson

The Fall actress Bronagh Waugh with Patrick Waugh at launch of A Christmas Star, Cinemagic's first film
The Fall actress Bronagh Waugh with Patrick Waugh at launch of A Christmas Star, Cinemagic's first film
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A Northern Irish schoolboy who was bullied because he is mixed race has overcome his difficulties to land a role in a movie opposite Hollywood legend Liam Neeson.

Patrick Roe (12), from Dromintee, was plucked from obscurity to audition for the role when his music teacher discovered his talents.

He beat 7,000 other hopefuls to win the role in A Christmas Star, the first film from Cinemagic which aims to give young people insight into and opportunities within the film and television industry.

Neeson will provide the voiceover for the movie which also stars The Fall actress Bronagh Waugh, Downton Abbey's Rob James-Collier, and ex-Corrie star Suranne Jones.

Patrick will play a computer whizz kid in the film which will screen in Belfast in November.

Now the youngster hopes to follow in Neeson's footsteps, but it hasn't been easy for Patrick to get to this point.

He had been bullied so badly at one point that he asked if he could go to heaven to be with his grandad.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Mirror his mother Briege said, "Patrick was bullied in the past becuase he's mixed race and it was a horrible time for him but this film has completely changed his life and it's like a second family we've made."

She added, "Patrick has his heart set on being an actor and I think he'll go all the way because he's bloody good at it."

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