West End Fame for Exeter Schoolboy

14 June 2010, 11:19 | Updated: 14 June 2010, 12:01

Exeter's St James schoolboy Reece Barrett's off to live in London this week after being picked for a part in the West End musical Billy Elliot.

The 11 year old from Beacon Heath got the part of Michael despite never having had a dance lesson.

He's now on a tap-dancing crash course...and all's going well.

Reece will be living in a house with other young stars from Billy Elliot for the next nine months.  As well as intensive coaching he'll have to have a private tutor for three hours a day to keep him up to date with the national curriculum.

He's first performance is scheduled for September.

Reece told our reporter Wendy Buckingham how he got the role.  CLICK HERE