Schoolboy, 7, lands big TV role

Jack Mitchell, Elms Junior School, is to appear in BBC One drama.
Jack Mitchell, Elms Junior School, is to appear in BBC One drama.

A schoolboy actor is set to become a familiar face on our screens this spring as he stars in the new series of BBC One’s hit drama Prisoners’ Wives.

Jack Mitchell, 7, who goes to Elms Junior School in Long Eaton, plays a new character and appears in every episode.

His on-screen mum – Sally Carman of Shamless fame – fights to prove that allegations made against her husband, sent to prison on remand, are malicious.

Having been awarded a place at the prestigious Television Workshop in Nottingham last August, Jack landed the role of Reece Haines after auditioning in September.

He received special permission to have time off from the private school based at Trent College.

Mum Laura said: “On set he had his own private tutor and carried on with his school work from The Elms. Because of his age, the production company were very strict on the amount of time he could act and he had rest breaks at regular intervals. He was so well looked after.”