Bright young thing: Tom Dean

PUBLISHED: 13:13 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:13 17 July 2017

Tom performing with Daniela Prickman as Mrs Lovett

Tom performing with Daniela Prickman as Mrs Lovett

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Tom Dean on playing the title role in Bancroft’s School’s musical production of Sweeney Todd

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Tom Dean and I am a year 12 student at Bancroft’s School, where I recently played the part of Sweeney Todd in the school’s musical.

Where do you live t?

I live in Debden, which is nice because I am so close to Epping Forest for cycling and near enough to a Tube station to get into central London.

Tell us about your family

At the moment I am essentially living the life of an only child whilst my brother studies at university, which in a way is good because it means I can spend more time after school doing extra-curricular activities, such as being in a few choirs. My family is predominantly Irish, so I sometimes go over there in the holidays.

What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you over the past year?

It has to be Sweeney Todd, I can’t really think of anything to trump that. The part was so much fun because it’s the first time I’ve been able to play a really messed up character.

Who are your biggest influences?

I don’t have influences in terms of people, but I sometimes try to base the music I write on talented artists such as Jack Garratt, who recently dropped an amazing album called Phase.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

I plan to go to university, but after that I really do not know. I’ve always wanted to be in the music industry, so perhaps I’d like to work in music production or make my own songs if I can. Regardless of work, I will continue to be in as many plays and musicals as possible because they are so much fun to be part of.

How do you relax?

A friend recently lent me a guitar, so I’ve been playing on that as breaks from revision. I haven’t been playing for long but I can play a few tunes now.

What makes you smile?

A lot of things: Earl Grey tea, blueberry muffins, when my mum cooks me a fry up on a school morning. I think food generally makes me smile as long as it is fairly unhealthy.

What music helps you unwind?

I have fairly recently got quite into American hip-hop, so I’ve been listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole to unwind.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I used to be a choir boy at Westminster Cathedral, where I sang at a few prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Sistine Chapel. It was in that choir that I developed my love for singing, and it gave me the confidence and ability to go on to do Sweeney Todd.

Tell us something about you that may surprise us?

In my last school I played Veruca Salt in our version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Aside from being a great character to play, one of the things I learnt from her was how surprisingly comfortable tights are.

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