FORMER Warrington schoolboy Luke Roskell says starring in Sky TV’s new blockbuster drama Jamestown is one of the best things to have ever happened in his life.
The 20-year-old former Bridgewater High School pupil says appearing in the new series from the producers of Downton Abbey, which follows the lives of three women as they wrestle with the challenges of creating a new life in a beautiful yet forbidding land, is “one of the best things to have ever happened to me in my life.”
He added: “I’m so happy and feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity. I’m so proud to be in the show and working with everyone on it was such a pleasure.
Set in the 17th century, on the edge of the breathtaking but untamed Virginian wilderness, sits the English colony of Jamestown.
Luke, who featured in Emmerdale for three years as “Shaun”, plays Pepper, the youngest of the Sharrow brothers who came to Jamestown as a child.
His brothers try to protect him but he’s lost loved ones and lived through real hardship. He is inspired by his brothers’ grit and determination but his warmth and optimism is to comfort his new sister-in-law Alice.
Pepper’s sweet disposition attracts the attention of the young maid Mercy but a friendship as pure as theirs might struggle to survive in a land of challenge and adventure.
Luke, who also recently appeared in the BBC drama the “A Word,” spent six months filming the series near Budapest in Hungary, and is already busy preparing for a second series.
Broadcast at 9pm each Friday, episode one attracted the biggest viewing figures for a new drama on Sky so far this year.
When asked on what advice he could give to aspiring actors Luke said: “I’m still a young actor myself starting out in my career so I don’t really think I’m in any position to give advice. But I think if you love it, give it a go and don’t give up.”
His hopes for the future are to be “still acting and continue to do what I love!”