Young Lutterworth actor in Richard III film

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Among the great and the good gathered for the re-burial of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral on Thursday was a 13-year-old Lutterworth schoolboy and his mum.

David Knight and his mother Pat were selected to attend the ceremony, because of David’s involvement in a film about Richard III, made last year.

David co-starred with former Dr Who actor Colin Baker in the short film, called Finding Richard.

The film premiered at the world-famous Cannes Film Festival last year and was shown all day Thursday at the Phoenix Cinema in Leicester.

It is also available via the Leicester Cathedral gift shop.

David said: “I play Gull, who is a young boy inspired to look into the life of Richard III by his granddad, played by Colin Baker.

“My mother put my name forward to go to the ceremony itself.”

David said he had been performing since he was aged four, starting off in ballet, until he “fell in love with the acting side, and making people laugh”.

He attends the Pauline Quirke acting academy in Leicester.

“They got me my first job on Doctors [the daytime BBC TV soap],” David said.

Now he’s waiting for his agent to bring him news of a possible CBBC project.

In the future he hopes to do an acting degree at university.

Mum Pat said: “We had seats inside the cathedral. It was so amazing to be part of such a historic event.”

Richard III’s body was discovered by archeologists beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012.

A funeral service was held at Leicester Cathedral, with a sermon given by the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, leader of the Catholic church in England.

Richard III would have been Catholic, of course; the Protestant church was not established in England for another 50 years.

Thousands of people have since seen Richard’s coffin in the cathedral, queueing for up to four hours for the privilege.

The re-burial ceremony on Thursday is the final part of the modern commemoration.