Jamie goes from fusion to Letterman

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While his schoolpals are spending Easter tucking into chocolate eggs, record-breaking Penwortham schoolboy scientist Jamie Edwards is rubbing shoulders with celebrities on prime-time American TV.

The teenager attracted international interest last month when he became the youngest fusioneer in the world, after he built a nuclear fusion reactor at school at the age of just 13.

PM David Cameron

PM David Cameron

Now the young celeb has been flown to the United States to talk to one of the biggest names in American television - appearing on the Emmy Award-winning David Letterman’s The Late Show.

The Penwortham Priory Academy student will be on the bill with Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan and hotly-tipped new band Real Estate tonight - the night after Hollywood hearthrob Rob Lowe and following in the footsteps of the likes of David Cameron, Madonna, Jamie Oliver and the Duchess of York.

Jamie, now 14, shot to fame when he took the title off American Taylor Wilson, who built a fusion reactor when he was 14 in 2008.

Since then Jamie – who lives in Penwortham with mum Sue, dad, Paul and sister Abby – with brother Danny at Sheffield University, has appeared on English, Russian and Irish television as well as being in national newspapers in England.

Star billing: David Letterman has interviewed PM David Cameron, and tonight has invited science star Jamie Edwards on to his show

Star billing: David Letterman has interviewed PM David Cameron, and tonight has invited science star Jamie Edwards on to his show

However, he has been completely underwhelmed by his new-found fame, taking it all in his stride.

Along with his mum and sister, he’s been specifically flown out to New York to appear on the programme, which is one of the top talk shows in the States

The hour-long weeknight comedy and talk-show is broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City.

It is the coveted place to be seen by celebrities and politicians alike.

Jamie’s headteacher Jim Hourigan, who displayed trust and faith in Jamie by giving him £3,000 to finance his bid last October, admitted getting a call off The Late Show was a shock.

He said: “We thought it was a joke at first.

“We knew Jamie would be a big story but we never thought he would go so far.

“We are immensely proud of him – although I did have to Google Lindsay Lohan as I had never heard of her!”

Jamie’s appearance on the show comes as the renowned host announced his retirement.

The schoolboy recently received a surprise letter of congratulations from Prince Andrew, who said he was hoping to meet him when he visits Lancashire in the near future.