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Choirboy is now a film star

By GRACE CONWAY

BRITAIN has a new child film star 12 year-old Jeremy Spenser, at one time a choirboy at Westminster Cathedral.

He makes a sensational debut in a leading retie in the Two Cities film, Prelude to Fame. shown to the Press• on Wednesday.

Jeremy is the son of a widowed mother-an Italian. His father died when he was two.

Mrs. Spenser, who was a school teacher, now has the full-time job of tutoring her son.

In this new film-he has already played small parts in other films, including /Irma Karenina-leremy plays the part of a gifted Italian boy who is found to have a genius for

conducting. He is exploited by an ambitious woman who sponsors his musical education and launches him on a world tour.

Jeremy has been given the considerable task of " conducting " a Full orchestra in a performance of Webers Oberon Overture. played in its entirety and without interruption.

Holiday reward

It is a brilliant bit of work and brought a round of applause from the large audience.

Mrs. Spenser, who was at the Press reception with Jeremy, told me: " I know what Jeremy can do and what he can't. 1 teach.him! "

Jeremy grinned,

Jeremy serves at Mass every Sunday at the Church of the Holy A pasties, Claverton-street, Pimlico.

Prelude to Fame is being shown at the Oaumont and the Marble Arch As a reward for all the hard work he has done, Mrs. Spenser is taking Jeremy to Italy for a holiday later Ibis year.

His elder brother is David Spenser, well-known radio actor.




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