Hainault baby plays young Harry Potter in Deathly Hallows

A Hainault baby has landed a starring big screen role in children’s favourite fantasy film and book series Harry Potter.

Little Toby Papworth, 18 months old, was cast for this year’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two film.

Mother Ashley Papworth, of Dryden Close, Hainault, said they were treated to a tour at the Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, as well as a changing room fit for a Hollywood star.

“We had a changing room and on the door was a sign saying ‘Baby Papworth’,” she said.

“It was incredible mixing with all the stars.”


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The mother-of-one was left in shock after she was told her son had the part while doing a weekly shop in Sainsbury’s. She said: “My mum called to say she had an email from the modelling agency he is signed up to saying he had been picked to star.

“I was in complete shock, it was hard for me to finish the shopping,” she added.

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Toby appears in the film lying in a crib, during a flashback in the film to the wizard’s early years.

“It’s amazing when you see the clip, it looks like he’s on his own in the room but in fact there were loads of people around him,” said Miss Papworth.

“It is amazing to see his name on the Internet alongside Daniel Radcliffe’s and will be even more so on the big screen.

“I didn’t get tickets to the premiere, but I can’t wait to see the film at the cinema!”

Miss Papworth added she has high hopes for her son’s future.

“I’m going to be looking for a new agency for him to join in September,” she said.

“Fingers crossed this is just the start of his career. I’d love for him to be an actor.”

•The film is in cinemas from tomorrow.

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