Richard’s set for a silver screen double

Richard Crehan, of Scawthorpe, has just starred in two Hollywood films. Picture: Marie Caley D3666MC
Richard Crehan, of Scawthorpe, has just starred in two Hollywood films. Picture: Marie Caley D3666MC

A BUDDING Oscar winner could soon be seeing his name up in lights after starring in two major movies with showbiz icons.

Richard Crehan may not be a household name yet, but the 23-year-old is hoping to take the film industry by storm following his screen debut.

The former High Melton College student, who only graduated from film school in January, will be gracing the silver screen in the film version of The Sweeney in September with Ray Winstone and Plan B star Ben Drew.

And he has just finished filming the movie version of the popular novel The Knife That Killed Me, which has attracted the attention of Hollywood distributors Universal Pictures - despite only having an hour to prepare for his audition.

He said: “It was probably the worst audition I have ever done, I was so nervous as I wasn’t prepared - I rang my agent and told her not to bother chasing it up.

“The next day they rang my agent to offer me the role.

“When I found out I jumped about for about ten minutes.”

Richard, of Amersall Crescent, Scawthorpe, plays the role of Kirk, part of a school gang called ‘The Freaks’ who plays a pivotal role as a friend of the lead character played by Waterloo Road’s Jack McMullen.

The film, which is due for release later this year, was entirely shot on green screen so comic-book style graphics can be added on later, a style which was last seen in the Hollywood movie Sin City.

“It was quite strange because it is set in a school but you were just in a room with a green screen so you have to really use your imagination, which is an actor’s greatest tool,” he added.

Richard has recently finished studying at the acting academy the Poor School in London and managed to secure the two roles straight away, shooting his scenes in The Sweeney at a Millwall pub in January.

He said: “I was only on set for one day and the scene I was in had Hayley Atwell and Kara Tointon in, which was quite distracting.

“I ended up having breakfast with Ben Drew, and there was one point where Ray Winstone asked me if I smoked, and even though I don’t I went outside for a cigarette with him as it was too good an opportunity to pass.

“He told me just to persevere, not to leave things to my agent and to do it for yourself.

“It was a really good day.”

Even though Richard is not spending much time in Doncaster at the moment, his parents Susan and Vincent, and siblings Bernadette and Shane are still living in the area.

Richard is due to find out this week whether he has landed a main role in another movie, although remained tight lipped about the details.

The Sweeney will be released across the country on September 23.