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GREAT PERFORMANCE: St Albans schoolboy steals the spotlight in critically acclaimed TV series

 Published on: 15th July 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 12-year-old schoolboy from St Albans has wowed critics and writers – so much so that his performance saved his character from being killed off.

Henry Meredith stars as Maxim in The Great, a historical comedy-drama about 18th century Russian empress Catherine the Great.

This year, he found his character was to be killed off in the second episode, but following a highly successful table read, his role was expanded and he now appears in nine out of the 10 episodes in the show’s third series.

Writer Tony McNamara told Entertainment Weekly: “He’s just this amazing kid. I remember when he did his first scene or two, I think maybe it was Colin Bucksey, who’s directed for 40 years, and one of the actors, someone went: ‘He just belongs here. He’s just a kid who walks on set and you know he is an actor.’”

Henry’s performance as Maxim, a Russian noble married to his much older cousin, has received rave reviews from critics. Indiewire said he “more than holding his own among his adult co-stars”, while Paste says he “steals every scene he is in”.

Later on in the year, Henry will appear in new BBC drama Boiling Point, based on the acclaimed 2021 film. He plays the son of central character Andy Jones, played by five-time BAFTA nominee Stephen Graham.

Speaking to St Albans News, Henry’s father Jon said: “It’s been amazing to see him hold his own against these top actors and keeping on top of school work!”

The Great is available to stream on Lionsgate+ on Amazon Prime Video.

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