Posted 17th September 2003
It has been a very busy year for Adam Bampton-Smith, from touring America to filming in Prague, it's been non-stop for the actor from Mytholmroyd.
Adam is the son of Councillors Dr Michael Smith and Christine Bampton-Smith and was a regular member of the Calder Valley Juniors and St Michael's Amateurs in Mytholmroyd when he was a teenager. After studying drama in London Adam has been acting professionally for almost ten years.
"I learnt a lot of what I know about acting on the stage in St Michael's Church Hall! It was great to be able to do so much live theatre from an early age. It really gave me the confidence to perform in front of large groups of people, which is even harder when you know most of them".
His biggest role so far came earlier this year when a ground-breaking production of Snow White, which he helped to create, was invited to the New Victory Theatre on New York's Broadway. The show went on to tour the USA and Canada for four months until June of this year. A week after returning from the States Adam was flown over to Prague to film an advert for Cadbury's Fingers - it is his thumb which is used in the tv adverts for the product. The adverts will be used during the Channel 5 weekend movies from September as they will be sponsored by Cadbury's Fingers.
" It has been a crazy year so far. Going over to Broadway was a fantastic experience, a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Not only was I in a show on Broadway - when I was there I was invited to the after-show party for The Grammy Awards and met Nora Jones and Avril Lavigne. They are both a lot smaller than me and I'm only 5'4" After I came back from America, I found out they were doing some more adverts for Cadbury's Fingers and they flew me to Prague the next week. It is actually cheaper to film over there even including the flights - Terry Gilliam's new film is being shot there at the moment and an MTV crew was also staying in our hotel at the time."
Adam came a little more down-to-earth for his most recent role. He landed a part in an Agatha Christie play, A Murder is Announced, at Gawsworth Open Air Theatre near Macclesfield which played Aug 13th-16th.
" It's great to do a more traditional play once in a while, and you can't get much more traditional that a good old Agatha Christie play. I don't know what will happen after that - they are talking about filming another advert in October for a new Cadbury's product but I can't say any more about it or I'll get into trouble".
Adam Bampton-Smith tel: 07930 431 963
Agent: Andy @ VINCENT SHAW ASSOCIATES tel: 020 8509 2211