Hanwell boy cast in West End show The Bodyguard

Chiesa: West End actor at just 13

Chiesa: West End actor at just 13

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A HANWELL boy made his West End debut on Monday in the award-winning production of The Bodyguard.

Chiesa Musonda, 13, has joined as Fletcher in the cast Adelphi Theatre cast.

He has most recently acted in the Hackney Empire pantomime, Puss In Boots, as the Young Cat and in the BBC4 radio play, Rain Stops Play, as Francis.

He has toured schools as part of the drama group Transition and served as a presenter for the Cultural Festival, Dance Festival and Annual Concert in 2013.

I caught up with the young actor to speak to find out how he's feeling about his new role.

Chiesa, what have you been most looking forward to?

I have been looking forward to performing on stage. It is a great feeling receiving applause from the audience and will be a fantastic experience to look back on.

What would your dream role be?

An evil character (laughs). I think it would be good fun to play!

How has your acting career affected school? Do you miss your friends?

Yes, I do miss them sometimes but I'm busy with the show and my grades have actually gone up since I started acting more.

What made you want to get into acting and do you have any advice for other aspiring young actors?

I have always known I wanted to be an actor since I was little and I love the feeling of being on stage. As for advice, anything can happen. If I looked back at myself a few months ago, I wasn't doing much. Now I'm in the cast of The Bodyguard, which is a huge step up but a great feeling.

To see Chiesa in action, you can buy tickets from www.thebodyguardmusical.com/tickets

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