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Gravesend's 'typical Kentish guy' gets his wish

PUBLISHED: 12:53 05 January 2011

Chris Till

Chris Till

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Chris Till is playing Aladdin at the Churchill, a move that will help him foster a family man image

A pantomime without a goody two-shoes lead to balance the wit of its villans and dames is destined to lose its tongue-in-cheek edge.

Fortunately, fresh-faced actors like Chris Till, a Gravesend actor currently playing the lead role in Aladdin alongside Melinda Messenger at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre, are more than happy to take the job.

A “typical Kentish guy”, born in Gravesend, Till is nurturing a family-man image, and his role as the cheeky, loveable Aladdin was certainly all he could wish for.

The CITV The Fun Song Factory presenter has seven years of experience singing in the West End having come from traditional dance school roots – in his case the Audrey Tutton School of Dance in Gravesend.

He said: “My mum went there. That’s how I got into music and performing.

“People who were in the Audrey Tutton show went on into that kind of thing. Sadly Audrey died just a couple of years ago now. Frank Oliver, who directed all of the shows directed my mum in shows and gave me my first speech when I auditioned in London. He is still very much a part of Gravesend Theatre Guild.”

Despite his success thus far, the good-looking actor with a ready smile is set on the prospect of making the full jump into television presenting – and the immaculate nice-guy image seems to be essential.

“I’m a guy who loves his family and loves his mother,” says Till, describing himself. “I have a dog and I’m a real gardener. I brought my house in Gravesend 10 years ago now and there was not one palm in the garden! I’m a real family man even though I’m in my late 20s.”

Till, a former pupil at St George’s CoE School in Gravesend, conceeds that he’s not actually looking to start a family – “my career is definately my family at the moment”. But he will need to milk the aura of wholesomeness for his new show due to be shown on Sky.

“It’s a show I wrote myself,” he said. “It’s a sort of Jim’ll Fix It affair coming out in February. People write to the channel and tell them what they wish for.

“They can be a policeman, jump out of a plane – the twist is that I must do their task with them. No doubt it would be hard for the tracksuit-loving Jimmy Savile to pull off that show in this day and age, but the fully-focused Till seems well on his way to the highest echelons of family entertainment.

● Aladdin runs at the Churcill Theatre Bromley until January 9. For tickets, call the box office on 0844 8717 620.

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