VIDEO: Real-life experiences have helped James in his new television role
A DUFFIELD actor is starring in a hard-hitting BBC drama due to air tomorrow night.
James Burrows, 21, plays one of a group of friends who is involved in a fatal car accident.
The show, called The Crash, is in two parts – the first part dealing with the run-up to the crash and showing the friendships and relationships between the characters and the accident that kills some of them.
The second part flashes forward nine months, showing the aftermath of the crash and how the survivors are coping in its wake, while looking for who is to blame.
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James said the script really hit home with him.
He said: "I auditioned for the part through my agent in London and, when I read the script, I really wanted to be a part of it.
"A couple of my friends have died in car accidents and I loved how the script handled the situation and all the after-math.
"It's a difficult topic that's all too relevant. You hear about car crashes and young people being killed all the time because of reckless driving.
"I play Ethan Logan, a driver of one of the cars involved in the crash. Some of the people who die are in the back of my car. It was a tough role to play."
All the filming was done in Glasgow at the end of last year, over the course of about five weeks.
And James said competition was fierce for his role – and for all the other young characters.
He said: "There were a few hundred people who went forward for the role. It was really popular. I was away filming for a month and had a great time doing it. It was something to really get my teeth in to."
James is a former Ecclesbourne School pupil and has starred in various roles since starting his acting career in 2006.
He has recently had a regular role in he E4 drama My Mad Fat Dairy and had a small part in the latest series of Silent Witness.
James said: "I love acting and it was always what I wanted to do. Having all these parts is keeping me really busy.
"I'll be back down in London this week filming a short film for channel four called Doughnuts, which follows a group of shop workers.
"And later this year, a film I am in called uwantmetokillhim? is coming out.
"It's based on a true story about how a teenager finds himself involved in the dangerous world of the internet. It's starring lots of English actors, including Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey and Coronation Street."
The Crash will be on television tomorrow on BBC 3 at 9pm. The second episode will be shown on the following Tuesday, again at 9pm.