A young actor from a Burley-in-Wharfedale drama school could be a Christmas star of the future after being cast in a new film.

Thomas Abel, aged nine, was due to take part in filming in Bolton this week for the forthcoming film Get Santa, starring Jim Broadbent.

The film is tipped to be the next great Christmas film for youngsters.

Thomas has been attending drama classes every Thursday evening at Performance Drama School, Burley, for the past three years and the school says he has bags of natural talent.

Director of Performance Sue Hughes is thrilled Thomas is going to be part of the project.

She said: “We are always delighted when our pupils are given these opportunities and although our main focus is about developing our pupils’ confidence with drama and dance classes it is also a huge compliment when we are asked by casting directors to put forward our youngsters for professional roles.”