Grimsby’s Thomas Turgoose ‘destined for prison’ before This Is England role

Grimsby’s Thomas Turgoose was “intended for prison” before being cast in This is England.

The Grimsby-born actor played Shaun Fields in This is England, directed by Shane Meadows, when he was just 14 years old.

But he admits he was a “little bastard” as a kid and claims he could have ended up behind bars.

He talked about growing up in Grimsby on this week’s Private Parts podcast, hosted by Jamie Laing and Francis Boulle.

Thomas, 29, said, “I was meant for prison. Shoplifting things I didn’t need. There was a hardware store in Grimsby that I stole spray paint from for no reason. “

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Thomas spoke about his childhood in Grimsby on this week’s Private Parts podcast, hosted by Jamie Laing and Francis Boulle.

He ended up auditioning for This is England after visiting a Grimsby youth center and noticing a line of people outside of it.

But he admits he would only audition if they paid him £ 5.

According to the website This is England, the team saw something special in Thomas and knew he would be perfect for the role as Shaun.

It reads: “While others were queuing to film, Tommo even came out ahead to demand payment for auditioning.

“He had little structure in his life back then, only went to school one hour a week and was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.”

The original cast of This is England with Thomas Turgoose second from left

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His interview was viewed about 390,000 times on YouTube and features an unimpressed 13-year-old Thomas chewing on candy while answering the producer’s questions.

When asked how he would spend his £ 2,000 if he secured the role, Thomas said he would give his mother £ 700 and spend the rest on fixing his bike and buying another PS2.

Thomas added, “If I had never met Shane that day who knows where I would be.”

His mother, Sharon Turgoose, sadly died after a battle with cancer before she could see her son on the big screen.

He told NME: “I got the opportunity, but I worked off my A ***.

“I want to work and show my mother that I was a little shitty as a kid – but now I’m a man and work hard and I still have to be grateful for a lot.”

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