A schoolboy actor from the north west is taking the movie and television worlds by storm.
Art Parkinson (12), from Moville, is probably best-known for playing the character Rickon Stark in HBO’s hit series ‘Game of Thrones’.
He has starred in all three seasons of the blockbuster show and returns in season four which hits our television screens on Monday evening on Sky Atlantic (9 p.m.)
Art has also been cast in action film ‘San Andreas’ and will star opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (‘Fast and Furious 6’), Carla Gugino (‘Night at the Museum’) and Alexandra Daddario (‘Percy Jackson’) in the feature from New Line Cinema.
The plot involves a massive earthquake in California, after which a rescue-chopper pilot journeys across the state to rescue his daughter. Young Art plays Ollie, a ten year old who must flee for his life when the earthquake hits.
He’s due to travel to Australia next month to begin filming.
Art has previously starred in ‘Red Mist’ and Irish horror film ‘Dark Touch’ with Padraic Delaney and Richard Dormer. He will also star in the upcoming ‘Dracula Untold’, playing the son of Luke Evans’ character in the feature.
However, not content with allowing their younger brother to hog all the limelight, Art’s older siblings, Pearce and Padhraig, are ploughing their own furrows in the cut-and-thrust world of entertainment.
Pearse (16) has already appeared in several productions on BBC, RTE and TG4 while, tomorrow evening, Padhraig (14) will be in Dublin for the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs).
He recently starred in ‘The Sea’ alongside Ciaran Hinds and Sinead Cusack. The movie is up for four awards at the IFTAs.
Tutored by their actress mum, Movania, all three Parkinson boys certainly appear to be making big impressions in the entertainment business.
Art, meanwhile, is currently involved in another project in Los Angeles with some big name stars - however, details remain under wraps for the time being.
Turning to Art’s ‘Game of Thrones’ role, mum Movania - who runs her own drama school - explained how her son secured the coveted role.
She said: “I’m an actress so I’d know a lot of people and friend of mine told me about how the team behind ‘Game of Thrones’ were looking for a Rickon Stark and couldn’t find him.
“She said she was surprised we hadn’t put Art up for audition so we did. He did a screen test on the Friday, met with the producers on the Monday. He met with Brendan Gunn, the voice coach who is also a native Irish man, and he was asked to do the same reading as he had previously done.
“The next thing we knew they said, ‘Congratulations, you’ve got the part.’
Movania Parkinson, who runs her own drama school, can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Tel: 00447449236555.