Scene-stealer: Child star Lenny Rush’s rise to fame

Lenny Rush is getting rave reviews that other actors can only dream of – and yet he’s just 13 years old.

He’s the “fearless” scene-stealer of Children in Need according to one critic, while another calls him “phenomenal” in Daisy May Cooper’s dark comedy, Am I Being Unreasonable?

His latest show, CBBC’s Dickensian drama Dodger, with Christopher Eccleston as Fagin, has just snapped up a Bafta in the week it returns to TV.

So it’s no surprise he handles talking about his five-year career with aplomb.

Sitting on a sofa in his Essex home after a day at school, he’s articulate and thoughtful – and funny.

His mum Lisa is sitting nearby, but he’s obviously used to him handling interviews by himself.

“Sometimes people think acting is glamorous. But even though it’s hard work, I actually love it. It’s so fun,” he says.

Lenny started acting with local drama classes at the Pauline Quirke Academy, and was quickly signed up by an agent.

But he was already used to being in front of a…

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