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Sunday 29 March 2015

Schoolboy picks up acting Bafta

Muriel Gray
Muriel Gray

The 12-year-old actor who portrayed a young Paul Ferris in the film The Wee Man has become the youngest-ever winner of a Bafta award for up and coming talent.

Daniel Kerr from Glasgow scooped the prize for best acting performance at the Bafta in Scotland New Talent awards in Glasgow.

Daniel was one of more than 30 nominees for the awards which recognise stand-out work across several categories including acting, writing and animation.The winners were announced at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster Muriel Gray at Oran Mor in the city's west end.

Speaking after he was nominated, the first-year pupil at Bearsden Academy said: "It just feels amazing, I can't believe it. When I told my dad when I was younger that I wanted to be an actor, I never imagined I'd be nominated for a Bafta."

The Wee Man, starring Martin Compston, tells the story of how Ferris entered Glasgow's crime underworld, working his way up the ranks as an associate of Arthur "The Godfather" Thompson Sr.

The winner of Bafta's Factual category was recovering heroin addict and film director Garry Fraser for his documentary Everybody's Child. The film sees Fraser return to the community where he grew up and face the damage that crime and drugs inflicted on his life.

Hannah And The Moon was named Best New Work and other prizes went to Kate Charter and Joseph Atkinson in the Animation category. The State of Greenock, a satirical "mockumentary" set in Greenock in the year 2020 and imagining the town as independent from the rest of the UK, took the Entertainment award.

Alan de Pellette, acting director of Bafta in Scotland, said: "Bafta is at the core of excellence in the screen industries and we are so proud to recognise and celebrate up and coming talent in Scotland.

"It's exciting and to see the next generation of our film, television and games industries bursting on to the scene and for Bafta in Scotland to be part of their journey."

The panellists included former Bafta winners such as Zam Salim, who won Best Director at last year's Bafta in Scotland awards.

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