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Wee Man actor Daniel Kerr, 12, gets Bafta nomination

Daniel Kerr in The Wee Man
Image caption Daniel Kerr portrayed a young Paul Ferris in the film, The Wee Man

The 12-year-old boy who portrayed a young Paul Ferris in the film The Wee Man has been nominated for a Bafta.

Daniel Kerr, from Glasgow, is one of more than 30 nominees for this year's Bafta New Talent Awards.

He is up against Sophie Gane for her performance in sci-fi short Aurora and George Wallace for The Happy Lands.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster Muriel Gray in Glasgow's Oran Mor venue on 21 March.

The Wee Man, starring Martin Compston, tells the story of how Ferris entered Glasgow's crime underworld, working his way up the ranks as an associate of Arthur "The Godfather" Thompson Sr.

'Amazing' feeling

Daniel, who has previous acting experience on Peter Mullan's acclaimed film, Neds, and the BBC television series Waterloo Road, said he was delighted to be nominated.

The first-year pupil at Bearsden Academy, said: "It just feels amazing to be nominated, I can't believe it.

"When I told my dad when I was younger that I wanted to be an actor, I never imagined I'd be nominated for a Bafta."

The Bafta New Talent awards recognise stand-out work across several categories including acting, writing and animation.

Alan de Pellette, acting director of BAFTA in Scotland, said: "The wealth of emerging talent in Scotland is outstanding and we are delighted to celebrate this with the New Talent Awards.

"It's been great to see more entries than ever this year and I would like to say a massive thanks to all of our jurors who gave up their time to consider all the submissions and congratulate everyone who has made the shortlist."

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