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Fantasy becomes reality as Art on verge of fame

AN eight-year-old Irish schoolboy has landed a major acting role in an upcoming American medieval fantasy television series.

Art Parkinson (above) from Moville, County Donegal, will play alongside actor Sean Bean in the HBO drama, 'Game of Thrones', based on the series of novels by best-selling author George RR Martin, 'A Song of Ice and Fire'.

The series, described as 'The Sopranos' in Middle-Earth, is being filmed in Belfast, Malta and Morocco and will begin screening in the US in the spring.

Last night, Art, who outshone young actors from England and Scotland to get the role, said he was "over the moon".

"I couldn't believe when I got it. It was amazing. I just couldn't believe I was sitting there and then acting with people like Sean Bean, Alfie Allen and Jack Gleeson," he said.

Shooting on the first series of the multi-million euro drama has just finished in Belfast's Titanic Quarter.

Art, who attends the local Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail, revealed he even had his own trailer while he was filming.

"I felt a bit like Brad Pitt with my own trailer. It had a sofa, television and a fridge and all," he said.

And despite his young age, his mum, Movania, an actress with her own acting school, admitted that Art is set for life after securing the role.

"This is just the first series and there are seven books, so it will mean that he will be set up for life if he continues on it," she said.

Irish Independent