Little Evan tastes telly fame

Pint-sized star Evan Mason will be appearing on television screens soon after being chosen for a plum role in funny man Peter Kay's new show.

The talented nine-year-old, from Bolsover, has landed a cameo role on spoof show Britain's Got The Pop Factor and recently attended filming at Manchester's Granada Studios.

"It was an amazing day," said Evan's proud mum Jayne.

"Peter Kay was lovely. He came up to Evan at the end and said that he had been so well behaved and professional and would be happy to work with him again."

Britain's Got The Pop Factor, which sees Peter Kay playing a tubby transexual, lampoons shows such as Britain's Got Talent and X Factor. In it Evan is dressed as an Oliver-type urchin boy from the Dickens era who has to run on stage while a pop group is performing and ask them to help him retrieve his lost balloons.

Jayne admitted she wasn't sure exactly how it was going to fit into the show, but after watching filming said she believed the programme would be another Peter Kay hit.

The series also stars Nicky Chapman, Peter Waterman and Neil Fox, whom Evan also met during his day of filming.

Rising star Evan is no stranger to acting. Last year he was selected from 6,000 hopefuls to appear as Dancing Miner in the feature film Journey to the Moon and he was also an extra in Summer, a film starring Robert Carlyle, which was filmed in Shirebrook.

The youngster who attends St Joseph School, Shirebrook, has also played Chip in Beauty and the Beast at Nottingham's Theatre Royal, Michael in Peter Pan at Mansfield's Palace Theatre, and a mouse in a ballet at the Palace Theatre.

Britain's Got the Pop Factor will be screened on Channel 4 later this year.