A tiny triumph for high finance

dec09carola.jpgA six-year-old Anthony Walters in the role of Tiny Tim, with Bob Cratchit (David Warner) in A Christmas Carol.

dec09carolb.jpgAnthony with his then girlfriend, now wife, Grainne Ward, at the cannes Film Festival last year.

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the premiere of A Christmas Carol, the acclaimed film version of Charles Dickens’s festive classic shot on location in Shrewsbury. It starred Hollywood heavyweight George C Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge, who was joined by some of the cream of British acting talent of the time  Edward Woodward, who sadly died last month, David Warner, Susannah York, Frank Finlay, Roger Rees, Joanne Whalley, Nigel Davenport and Angela Pleasance.Far and away the youngest member of the cast, though, was a small, cherubic blond boy from Shrewsbury who celebrated his sixth birthday during filming.

Neil Thomas talks to the county actor who took that (literally) small role of Tiny Tim in what was to prove a widely admired screen version of A Christmas Carol, filmed 25 years ago. He gives his memories of working with the stars, and explains how his career in the film industry has developed – albeit in a completely different direction. Read the full story in this month’s print edition of The Shropshire Magazine, available at outlets throughout the county

dec09carolc.jpgFilming at The Crescent, Town Walls in 1984.