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Soap star relights the fire as Robbie Williams in Dartford next month

PUBLISHED: 11:32 23 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:32 23 January 2014

A serial soap star will take to the Dartford stage next month as one of fifth of The Take That Experience.

Tom Vaughan takes on the role of Robbie Williams, but many may recognise him as Spike from Channel 4’s Hollyoaks - or from more recent appearances in Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Having grown up just 20 minutes from his on-stage alter ego, Tom says his role as Stoke’s prodigal son “ticks all the boxes”.

“Music was a beautiful accident for me,” he explains. “It was a hobby alongside acting, and all of a sudden it happened to turn into more than that.

“But in this show I act like Robbie and sing as well, so I get to do everything.”

Relight the Fire is a celebration of all things Take That, rattling through a host of favourite tracks from the likes of Relight My Fire and Could It Be Magic right up to Patience and The Flood.

Tom admits he wasn’t the world’s greatest fan of Gary Barlow and company before joining the group.

“In the nicest way possible, I wasn’t a fan,” says Tom. “But it’s tough to become one doing this job because you get so familiar with the songs after hearing and singing them so often.”

Though he needed little help with the voice, Tom used Robbie Williams’ Wembley gigs last year as a chance to do some research - trying to nail every movement on stage, though there was one slight snag.

“It’s great to play him because you get to be cheeky. When I saw him at Wembley I took not of what he was doing, but I also took note of what he was wearing.

“He turned up in a pair of £800 shoes - so that’s not the easiest thing to copy.”

Having starred in three of the big four soaps during his acting career, Tom is waiting on the call to complete the set by walking the pavements of Albert Square.

Though the call hasn’t come yet, he says “never say never” to a role on Eastenders.

Relight the Fire comes to The Orchard Theatre, in Home Gardens, on February 28. Tickets cost £20.50, call the box office on 01322 220 000 or visit orchardtheatre.co.uk.

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