A teenage actor whose credits include The King’s Speech, Les Mis and Inbetweeners has successfully juggled filming with his schoolwork.
Sir Henry Floyd student Dominic Applewhite, 18, of Princes Risborough, got 2 A*s and an A in his A-level results which were revealed today.
Only last year he was busy filming for his role as an ensemble student in Hollywood blockbuster Les Miserables.
He said: “I’m delighted. I knew quite early on in the school year I was going to be doing Les Miserables so I was able to timetable things and juggle exam revision and filming.
“Les Miserables was pretty intensive last year. Luckily I only missed a few days off school. I’ve always been pretty academic minded as much as the performing arts side of things but it is what I want to do as a profession.
“I like keeping myself busy. I’m one of those who works really well under pressure. It got pretty crazy last year and I was able to hold it together. Perhaps it made me work even harder.”
Dominic also starred in The King’s Speech (pictured opposite). He took the role of Valentine Logue, the son of King George VI’s speech therapist, Lionel Logue who was played by Geoffrey Rush.
He has also played Andrew Cooper, the brother of Simon Cooper, throughout hit TV series The Inbetweeners.
He added: “It’s such an amazing privilege, it doesn’t really sink in. I’m very aware of how lucky I am. I was so lucky to meet all these people and learn some techniques.”
Mr Applewhite said he took the decision to ease off acting during his final year at school.
“This year I said to my parents and my agent that I wanted to focus on my exams and hopefully go back into auditions soon. I was really aware I had to work hard.”
But now with good grades behind him and a place secured to study music at Oxford University he is ready to return to getting behind the camera.