Bad Education actor Layton Williams on being a rising star in the acting world

Rising star Layton Williams is fast making a big name for himself. The 21-year-old starred in BBC comedy Bad Education alongside Jack Whitehall and he’s played Billy Elliot in London’s West End musical. 

We caught up with the Manchester-born actor to find out how he got into acting and what lies in store for him. With an exciting career ahead, here’s everything you need to know about super cool Layton.

Image Credit: Rex Features

Image Credit: Rex Features

1. How did you get into acting?

Well I started out going to acting and dance class in my hometown, Bury – Greater Manchester for a couple of months before everything changed. I did my first professional audition at 11-years-old for Billy Elliot The Musical and then my career steadily fell into place.

2. Do you have a preference over theatre or on-screen work? 

Im sure other actors do, but at this time in my career I am really enjoying the versatility of the jobs I’ve been doing. I love the fact that a single episode can be viewed by millions of people but the thrill of live theatre is the most incredible thing. That buzz will (hopefully!) never get old.

3. Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?

Hard work really does pay off. Not everything can be handed to you on a platter. Some get lucky… But most work hard before they get to the point in their careers where they feel they’re completely accomplished. Even then you can set higher goals.

4. What has been the biggest ‘pinch me’ moment in your career so far?

I must admit most recently I had a ‘pinch me moment’ after walking the red carpet at the ‘Bad Education Movie’ premiere. It was amazing to feel like a movie star for one night. The energy and love from the carpet was just epic.

5. Who are the biggest stars you have worked with and what were they like?

I worked with Olivia Colman on my first ever TV job when I was 13. We did 2 series of ‘Beautiful People’ and in that time she taught me how to knit. She was so down to earth and lovely. We laughed all day every day throughout the shoot. Most recently my costars in Bad Education including Jack Whitehall, Sarah Solemani and Matthew Horne were all a dream to work with. They’re all amazingly talented and funny. The cast became like a little family every time we came together.

6. What are your hopes for the future?
Now what?