Leading role in 'magical' Christmas musical for Daventry boy

Jaden Meek will star in Elf the Musical
Jaden Meek will star in Elf the Musical

A 12-year-old Daventry boy will take centre stage in a Christmas musical after landing the lead role in Elf the Musical.

Jaden Meek will play Michael Hobbs in the festive show - based on the film starring Will Ferrell - alongside David Essex, Martine McCutcheon, Louise English and Tam Ryan.

"Wow, what an exciting Christmas ahead," said Jaden.

"I can’t wait to be part of something so magical and can’t believe I’m going to be part of one of my favourite Christmas films.

"It's unbelievable and what dreams are made of! I can’t wait to get started."

The Daventry actor honed his skills at the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts (PQA) in Rugby.

At PQA students spend three hours rotating through hour-long sessions in comedy and drama, musical theatre, and film and television.

Elf the Musical will run at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff from December 14 to 16, the Genting Arena in Birmingham from December 20 to 24 and Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena from December 28 to 30.