IN a season of panto and nativity, one young Flintshire resident took centre stage more than most.

George Whittaker, 10, starred in three Christmas shows, taking the lead role in the different productions.

A Year 6 pupil at Drury Primary School, the youngster was at the heart of the school's rock n roll Christmas concert.

Teacher Jack Crompton said: "He left straight after one show to go into rehearsals for another.

"George worked so hard to learn the lines and absolutely smashed them. With all the effort he's put in, I think he deserves a bit of recognition."

George, a member of Big Stars Theatre School, clearly has the acting bug.

George Whittaker as Ali in Ali and the Magic Teapot.

George Whittaker as Ali in Ali and the Magic Teapot.

He starred in Big Star's productions of Elf and Ali and the Magic Teapot, as well as the school role.

Parents Rhiannon and Paul, from Drury, couldn't be more proud of George's passion for drama.

Rhiannon said: "We had asked that he didn't go for a main role in his school performance, as he had the main role of Ali in the Big Stars show.

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"But he then went on to learn two sets of lines for separate shows. I just don't know how he did it, and he was great in them all.

"He also stood in at school for a boy who got a bit of stage fright for one of the performances.

"He just loves being on stage. I don't know where he gets it from."

George Whittaker with sister Harriet and dad Paul.

George Whittaker with sister Harriet and dad Paul.

Rhiannon explained that George's start in theatre was initially to support his sister Harriet, six.

She added: "Harriet is autistic and we found she needed to do something to help develop her communication skills.

"She trusts George a lot, and about two years ago we took them to Big Stars, which gave her the confidence to continue on her own."

The main man himself is far from done and would love to appear on TV, stage or film in the future.

George, whose favourite actor is Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom, said: "I find it fun, and I like to show off how good I am at it."

Could there be an Oscar in George's future? Remember the name George Whittaker, surely one to look out for.