An award winning Lancashire actor who left a man with a fractured eye socket after a night out has been given an 18 month prison term, suspended for 12 months.
Former Hollyoaks star James Cartwright, 28, of Higher House Lane, Heapey, Chorley was found guilty of grievous bodily harm after he struck Phillip Mason during an incident outside Applejax nightclub in Chorley in June 2012. He must pay Mr Mason, a self employed electrician, £2,000 compensation. The judge, Recorder Andrew Long, said: “I do not know what possessed you to act in the way you did.
“You launched an attack, and punched him very very hard in the face, for little or no reason.
“You know you put your life and everything you have worked for in jeopardy.”
Cartwright, who wore a suit and bright blue tie, sat in the dock with his head bowed as prosecutor David Clarke told the court his victim had to wear a patch for two weeks after the attack, which was caught on CCTV.
The court heard the victim had been left suffering headaches, blurred vision and was reluctant to go out.
Cartwright, who played the roles of Kev in ‘Hollyoaks Later’ in 2009, and Nathan in BBC kids show Tracey Beaker, scooped the award for best actor in 2007 in the Royal Television Society awards for his part in “The Afternoon Play – Johnny Shakespeare”.
He later played the Smiths singer Morrissey in the film 24 Hour Party People and has had minor roles in Casualty, Minder, The Bill, and Heartbeat.
James Cartwright is now involved in a successful business selling slimming pills, the court heard.
He must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and undergo 12 months supervision.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £2,000