Chorley actor Reece, 10, is a Star on national children's TV

A Chorley youngster was a real Star when he made his first appearance on national TV.

Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 3:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 12:01 pm
Reece Pickering, aged nine, who became a national children's TV star

Budding young actor Reece Pickering, aged 10, was seen on the children's television channel CITV on Saturday.

The youngster, who is a member of Cartwright Drama Studio YOUTH in Chorley, appeared on the Scrambled show.

And he became a Scrambled Star with his winning vet joke video.

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The show calls on children to upload pictures and videos for categories including: Kitchen Disco; Scrambled!'s Got Talent; Laughter Laboratory; Outsmart Sam ;Sharezies.

Reece's joke was filmed at Chorley Vets on Market Street.

Reeece had to impress a trio of judges and after a three-way tie he was chosen the winner by the show's presenter who had the casting vote.

Make Station created Reece's video submission. Operated by Reece and his dad, the YouTube video creator puts together short films.

It describes itself: "We are Make Station, and we say "NO" to boring long videos and aim to deliver you nothing but brain candy. From fun reviews on products, science, and other whimsical wonders."

Tracy Higgins, youth director at Cartwright Drama Studio, Friday Street, Chorley. explained that the Scrambled producer got in touch with her to see if any children from the studio might be interested in taking part in the show and it went from there.

"She probably contacted a lo of drama schools all over the country," said Tracy.

Two other children from Cartwright's, Poppy Proudfoot and Eve Turner, were also chosen by the show but unfortunately did not make it as far as winner Reece.

Tracy said Reece showed a lot of effort and imagination with his submission.

"He went out of his way and put a lot of hard work in," she said.

"As far as I know it's something he's come up with himself."

Reece joined the studio last year.

Tracy said: "He's always had great imagination, great improvisation and is well liked.

"He's just a fun lad in the class."

Make Station put out the video on its Facebook page and posted: "Here we have Reece's first TV appearance on national TV for CITV scrambled, and the icing on the cake was he won Scrambled Star and beat the other entrants.

"A massive thanks have to go to Chorley Vets for letting us film and assisting with production on the day. A special thank you to Tracy @ Cartwright Drama Studio YOUTH for not only getting us this opportunity but for guiding Reece into the fine young actor he is fast becoming.

"Well done Reece".

Cartwright Drama Studio YOUTH said on its Facebook page: "HUGE congratulations to our student Reece".

To see Reece's winning video visit

Cartwright Drama Studio YOUTH provide acting and singing classes for children and teenagers.

They follow on from the hugely successful Cartwright Drama Studio acting classes for adults, run by multi-award winning leading British and international playwright, Chorley man Jim Cartwright.

Jim, Britain's major TV, film and theatre practitioner, is also a director and actor.

His work has been translated into more than 35 languages and is constantly in production around the world and has been produced at most of the major theatres including Broadway, the West End, The National Theatre and The Royal Court.