Hornsey teenager lands lead role in Billy Elliott musical

A Hornsey teenager has become the first Londoner to play Billy Elliot in the West End musical version of the film. Fox Jackson-Keen, named Fox because his mother was a big fan of TV s the X-Files, has landed the lead role in the show at the Victoria Palac

A Hornsey teenager has become the first Londoner to play Billy Elliot in the West End musical version of the film.

Fox Jackson-Keen, named Fox because his mother was a big fan of TV's the X-Files, has landed the lead role in the show at the Victoria Palace Theatre. He made his debut on June 23.

Although his brother and his sister have done TV work, Fox doesn't come from a showbiz background.

His father was a gymnast and Fox initially followed in his footsteps, entering - and winning - several competitions before representing London in a national competition, where he came third.

But two years ago, he started doing hip-hop classes and fell in love with dance.

Now he can handle all sorts of styles, ballet definitely included.

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"I've never been teased about my dancing. Someone I know - a boy from the north - was stoned because he was into it. But in London, it's not a big deal. Everyone I know has been really supportive."

For tickets to see Billy Elliott The Musical, call 0870 895 5577 or visit www.billy elliotthemusical.com.

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