West End stage actor comes from humble Dagenham beginnings

09:00 04 June 2013

Danny-Boy Hatchard in the play A Beautiful Thing

Danny-Boy Hatchard in the play A Beautiful Thing

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A talented young actor from humble beginnings has made it all the way to the dizzy heights of the West End, but says he still keeps his feet on the ground.

Danny-boy Hatchard, from Dagenham, was a pupil at Eastbrook Comprehensive SchoolDanny-boy Hatchard, from Dagenham, was a pupil at Eastbrook Comprehensive School

Danny-Boy Hatchard, of Rainham Road South, Dagenham, is starring as the co-lead in the latest production of Jonathan Harvey’s acclaimed urban love story, A Beautiful Thing, at the Arts Theatre, London.

The former Barking and Dagenham School of Performing Arts student said he had his first taste of live performance after taking part in the Jack Petchey Theatre Challenge which he claimed opened the doors to opportunities he previously “only dreamed of”.

“I know I am very lucky, and at the moment, I am really enjoying the ride,” said Danny-Boy.

“It’s important to stay humble, and keep my feet on the ground. I do work hard, and on top of that, I don’t drink and I really focus to control my diet.

“I also spend a lot of my spare time reading about productions elsewhere to stay on the ball and ahead of others who might be going for the same kind of roles.

“The fierce competition keeps me focused.”

As part of the 2008 Jack Petchey challenge Danny-Boy, 21, took part in a five week training program before performing to a thousand-strong audience.

“Networking and meeting other people is also a key element to succeeding in this industry.

“The people I have met and the chances I’ve had stem from me being involved in the Jack Petchey Challenge, while other students have also provided me with an indication of the standard I have to be at to achieve in this line of work.”

A Beautiful Thing has been running since April 13.

For more information about the Jack Petchey foundation visit


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