Young Worthing actor’s a TV and stage hit

Brenock O'Connor, 12, appears alongside Vinnie Jones in the British Heart Foundation's latest advert.
Brenock O'Connor, 12, appears alongside Vinnie Jones in the British Heart Foundation's latest advert.

A talented 12 year-old actor has added to his enviable CV after recording an advert with former footballer Vinnie Jones and being cast in a UK tour of Oliver!.

Brenock O’Connor, of Sackville Road, Worthing, who attends Chatsmore Catholic High School and Theatre Workshop, in Brighton, has already enjoyed a host of television and stage appearances.

Brenock O'Connor (right), with another member of Theatre Workshop

Brenock O'Connor (right), with another member of Theatre Workshop

He has appeared in Holby City, a Noah and the Whale music video and the recent Haribo advert, amongst others.

And now, he will star in the British Heart Foundation’s latest advert and take the role of “Dodger” in Oliver! later this month.

The Oliver! tour will take him to Leeds, Dublin and Bristol.

Brenock said: “My favourite part of acting is probably the whole experience of performing with other people who I may only just have met, but the next best bit is seeing the finished product and saying to myself, ‘That was me on the TV’.”

Early starter

Brenock started acting at the age of six, being cast in a pantomime at Worthing Pavillion. He then joined the Worthing Musical Comedy Society’s junior group, before joining up with Theatre Workshop.

Through them, he has been able to audition for various parts.

Although his favourite appearance was in the Haribo advert, Brenock said that he enjoyed meeting Vinnie Jones.

He said: “Vinnie Jones looks really hard and tough but when I met him he was really nice and friendly.

“It was so cool to work with him because almost everyone knows who he is and it was a great experience to have the opportunity to work with someone as experienced as that.

“It was also great to learn CPR from professional paramedics from the British Heart Foundation.”

The actor is looking forward to performing in front of 2,000 people at a time when the Oliver! tour begins.

“It is the best feeling in the world, in my opinion, having people applaud you because you’re doing something you love, “ he said.