A TV actor's new youth drama school in Haworth has got off to a star-studded start.

Keighley man Freddie Bolt set up the BOLT Academy at Haworth Village Hall with involvement from well-known faces in TV soaps.

He said: "It has got off to an amazing start and we now have 60-plus students training with us in singing, dancing and acting.

"I had Colson Smith from Coronation Street there last week, as well as Bradley Johnson, who plays Vinny Dingle in Emmerdale. The students loved it!"

Freddie is teaching performance skills to youngsters in three age groups from three to 19, and the academy also serves as a casting agency.

Classes are taught by industry professionals including performers from TV soaps.

Freddie began TV acting as an eight-year-old, his lessons at Bradford theatre school Stage 84 leading to parts in children’s shows Bernard’s Watch and My Spy Family.

Now in his mid-20s, he has spent the last three years playing Reece Murgatroyd in hit Channel 4 schools drama Ackley Bridge. He also performs in a Take That tribute band.

Freddie set up his first BOLT Academy in July this year in Manchester, where he is now based.