A father and daughter from Beverley are taking the TV and film world by storm.
While former girls’ high school pupil Eleanor Tomlinson entertains millions every Sunday night as Demelza in Poldark, her dad Malcolm is the star of a new British gangster film called Hackney’s Finest which is out in cinemas next month.
Malcolm said: “It’s lovely that the film is coinciding with Eleanor on TV. It’s a nice warm feeling for the family. But Hackney’s Finest is just about as different as you can get from Poldark.”
In the film, Malcolm plays a corrupt east end police officer with a love of drugs and money. And with his tough London accent you would never suspect he went to Longcroft School and grew up in Beverley where his parents ran Prescott’s jewellers in Saturday Market. (His brother still runs the business).
Mainly a TV actor whose credits include playing the head teacher in Hollyoaks and Dot Cotton’s solicitor in EastEnders, Malcolm added: “This is one of the nastiest people I’ve ever played, but it’s much more fun playing the baddies than the bland hero.”
Eleanor was the subject of national media reports this week after she said she was bullied while at Beverley Girls’ High School. But Malcolm said the press had “inflated” the story.
He said: “She certainly doesn’t want to give the school a bad name. She had a lot of positives from going to the high school, it’s just that there were an element of girls who gave her a hard time.
“She used to come home and tell us she was hurt about stuff, but we never spoke to the school, and I think the national press have inflated it more than Eleanor would have wanted it to be inflated.
“It was only comments that she was too posh, or shouting stuff – which was petty jealously really, or even people wanting her to notice them because she was doing so well.”
Eleanor’s acting career progressed during her teenage years culminating in her landing the lead role in Hollywood blockbuster Jack the Giant killer alongside the likes of Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane and Bill Nighy.
She has recently bought a flat in Raynes Park, south-west London, in the same block as her parents.
The family also have a home at Bishop Burton.
Malcolm recently starred alongside local actors as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Beverley’s East Riding Theatre.
And he said the amount of acting talent in the local area, particularly among young people, was “phenomenal”.
One of his dreams would be to co-star with Eleanor at the venue, possibly in the Harold Pinter play, The Homecoming.
Malcolm’s son, Eleanor’s brother Ross, is also an actor and is appearing in The Good Old Days at the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds this weekend. Although he has less time for the stage at the moment because has just started a degree in French at University College London.
Hackney’s Finest is in cinemas 3rd April and available on DVD & On Demand 13th April hackneymovie.com