Donegal to Hollywood for Art Parkinson

Published Thursday, 03 April 2014
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Co Donegal actor Art Parkinson, who is best known for portraying Rickon Stark in the hit series Game of Thrones, will join Sarah Travers on The Magazine on Friday to chat about his role in the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Dracula Untold, which was filmed in Northern Ireland.

Donegal to Hollywood for Art Parkinson
Young actor Art Parkinson will feature in four films in 2014. (© UTV)

But ahead of their chat in The Magazine studio, Sarah caught up with Art in his hometown of Moville for an exclusive look at the young actor's life away from the camera.

Like any other 13-year-old boy, when Art isn't on set he enjoys playing football with his school friends at Moville's Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail.

"I like school and not many kids could say that," the young actor explained. "But whenever you're away it definitely makes all the difference to come back and just relax at school for a little bit.

"I was away for five months for Dracula and its good on sets and stuff, but when you're doing school work with a tutor, you don't have any friends around."

Art is known around the globe as the youngest of the Stark clan on Game of Thrones, but this year he will also feature on the silver screen with four films due to be released.

And with a promising career in Hollywood on the horizon, Art credits his mum Movania for getting him to this position.

"My mum taught me how to act," he said. "When I was a baby my mum started classes and by the age of eight I was helping out and working in a drama class teaching kids. It's got me to where I am today so I'm very, very thankful."

Movania told Sarah she is very excited about what the future holds for her talented son, but knows he will always remain grounded.

She said: "I think they need their parents around them and people they are familiar with that aren't in the business. You have to keep them to what they know."

Also on The Magazine this week Comber chef Will Brown will be cooking up a storm as he is set his biggest challenge yet, to prepare a lovely meal for three very fussy eaters - local schoolchildren.

Will is best known locally for his work at The Old Schoolhouse in Newtownards, which has been voted one of the Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland by Bridgestone, the independent Irish Foods guide.

Will began his culinary career at the age of 17 working for renowned chef Marco Pierre White in London at his restaurant Mirabelle.

The chef is set to appear on the upcoming BBC2 programme Great British Menu as the series opens with the Northern Ireland heat, which will see Will compete against two other experienced chefs.

And this week's People Like You will see Sarah surprise a Richhill Lollipop Lady who acts as the school crossing patrol for Millington Primary School in Portadown.

Iris McAlister, who has safeguarded pupils crossing the road for almost 20 years, was left speechless when Sarah showed up to work recently to present her with her award.

Viewers can follow all the action by tweeting along with @UTVMag during the show using the hashtag #utvmag.

The Magazine with Sarah Travers on Friday 4 April at 8pm on UTV.

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2 Comments
Mick in Belfast wrote (140 days ago):
Glad to see him doing so well, and awww hes so adorable
gioele sanna in pinamar wrote (142 days ago):
go! art Greetings from Argentina
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