A YOUNG member of a Keighley performing arts academy has landed a leading role in a new BBC series.

Brodie Nkome, 11, a student at BOLT Academy, will star as Rocco in Sally Wainwright's Riot Women.

The comedy-drama is set to be the latest in a long line of hits for the award-winning writer, who penned the likes of Happy Valley and Gentleman Jack.

Filming will take place – as was the case for her previous creations – in Calderdale, starting next month and continuing until October.

It marks a busy few months ahead for Brodie, who is also about to play the Artful Dodger in BOLT Academy's production of Oliver!

Freddie Bolt, for the Lawkholme Lane-based academy, said Brodie's achievement in getting the Riot Women part was "incredibly well deserved".

"We as an academy are so proud of him – not only for getting this huge role, which is incredibly well deserved, but also for the way he has conducted himself over the past year," says Freddie.

"Brodie has been to many auditions, and received knock back after knock back. It would have been easy for him to let this get on top of him and give up, but that’s not his nature. He picked himself up, dusted himself off for each and every audition and finally he has got his break.

"He has a very busy and exciting year ahead!

"We will be very excited to watch Riot Women when it comes out on the BBC later this year."

Freddie adds: "We are extremely lucky to have an agency attached to our academy. BOLT Actors Management is a sister company and represents students who attend our academy, submitting them for exciting opportunities in television, film, theatre and commercials."

The academy's production of Oliver! takes place at Bingley Arts Centre from Thursday, May 30, until Saturday, June 1, at 7pm. Plus there will be a 1pm show on the Saturday.

Oliver will be played by Grayson Charlton and Lincoln Schofield-Wilson.

Sharing the role of the Artful Dodger with Brodie is Noah Ingram.

The part of Fagin is taken by Bo Healeas and Maggie Flaherty.

Bill Sikes is played by Harry Jerwood, and Nancy by Molly Sharples and Emmie Dolan.

It is directed by Freddie, and Sophie Hammond. Musical director is Laura McGee and choreographers Alice Goddard and Gabrielle Johnson.

For tickets, visit bingleyartscentre.co.uk, call 01274 567983 or email info@boltacademy.co.uk