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Bafta-winning Beckenham teen spends night with the stars at awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 09:54 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:10 22 November 2016

Beckenham actor Nick James picked up a Bafta at the weekend for his role as Hank Zipzer in the CBBC show.

Beckenham actor Nick James picked up a Bafta at the weekend for his role as Hank Zipzer in the CBBC show.

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Nick James plays the lead role in CBBC's Hank Zipzer

A promising young acting talent picked up a prestigious award at the weekend.

Celebrating the best in children’s television, Nick James picked up Bafta Children’s Award in the performer category.

The Beckenham raised 15-year-old is the star of CBBC’s Hank Zipzer.

Having trained with performing arts school D&B Academy for seven years, the youngster has been with the show since the beginning.

Now in its third season, the series is based on the series of books Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever, written by Happy Days legend Henry Winkler.

The series, which is also up for an International Emmy, addresses the subject of dyslexia, something the youngster hopes to have helped spread awareness of.

Mr James said: “Ten per cent of the population has some form of dyslexia and while I don’t think I will ever fully understand what it is like to have dyslexia, I hope that Hank Zipzer has taught children with or without dyslexia to accept, support or gain some kind of understanding of this difficulty.”

Speaking after his win at The Roundhouse in Camden Sunday night, Mr James expressed his shock at the win.

“I cant comprehend how I won something as prestigious as a Bafta. I was really stunned and excited spending a night surrounded by people high up in the industry.”

The promising young talent has been forced to juggle school life with his passion for the set.

He said: “Fitting it all in with school has meant I’ve missed every summer holiday and break, but I just feel so comfortable when I’m on the set.

“The cast and crew are lovely and they have never made me feel out of place.”

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