Ronnie Biggs TV roles for twins Alfie and Harry Bloor
IDENTICAL twin boys Alfie and Harry Bloor are set for stardom as they make their television debut tonight.
The four-year-olds, of Hellyar-Brook Road, Alsager, will appear in an ITV drama about the family of notorious Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs.
The brothers will be watched by millions as they feature alongside famous stars such as Sheridan Smith and Daniel Mays in Mrs Biggs.
The boys, who have never acted before, share the role of Ronnie’s son Nicky Biggs in the five-part series.
They were picked after mum Sharon answered a casting call for three-year-old identical twin boys advertised through the Twins and Multiple Birth Association.
The 34-year-old said: “They wanted identical twin boys with dark hair so I sent pictures off of the boys and it all went from there.
“It was all very out of the blue – I have never put them in for anything like this before.”
A few days later Sharon was contacted by the agency and a meeting was arranged with one of the assistant directors at Granada Studios in Manchester.
The boys were put through their paces before meeting the co-stars of the new drama. Sharon, who works as a soliticitor, added: “The assistant director wanted to see if they were able to keep quiet and still.
“I didn’t think they would manage it to be honest because usually they never stop talking.
“So I was amazed when they were told they had the part.”
The production company wanted to cast twins to share out the workload between them.
Alfie and Harry were involved in 10 days of filming in February and March at locations around Manchester and in Blackpool.
And although they only had to say a couple of lines, some of their impromptu comments are also likely to feature.
Sharon said: “The boys are very outgoing and always compete for attention.
“But they took all the waiting around in their stride and even entertained some of the other cast members with their quips.”
Sharon added: “We are so proud of Alfie and Harry and can’t wait to see them on TV.”
Mrs Biggs centres on the rollercoaster life of the train robber’s wife Charmian.
It documents the moment she met Ronnie as a teenager through to her life in Melbourne, Australia, where she secretly emigrated in the aftermath of the Great Train Robbery.
Tragically their son Nicky, the character played by Alfie and Harry, died in a car accident in Australia when he was just 10 years old.
The twins’ father Andrew, 38, who works as a graphic designer, said: “They did a fantastic job considering they are so young.
“I think they were a bit bemused by the whole experience and thought it was a bit of fun.”
The first episode of the five-part drama will be broadcast tonight at 9pm on ITV1 - the same day the boys start at Holmes Chapel Primary School.