A schoolboy who became an
internet sensation after impersonating Still Game’s Victor was thrilled to meet the actor who plays him last week.
Jamie Wallace (13) who is about to start second year at Douglas Academy in Milngavie, joined two other theatre school students who also took on roles as lookalikes from the hit comedy TV show, for a VIP day out on the BBC set.
During a three-hour visit, Jamie met show co-creators Ford Kiernan who plays Jack and Greg Hemphill who portrays Victor as well as other main cast members including Sanjeev Kohli (Navid), Paul Riley (Winston), Gavin Mitchell (Barman Bobby) and Jane McCarry (Isa).
His invitation came about after a special video which featured Jamie as Victor and his mini Still Game co-stars Jordan Cramond (mini Jack) and Cheldon Woodburn (mini Isa) clocked up more than 75,000 views since it was launched last December.
Jamie who attends the Glasgow-based UK Theatre School took part in the video project to raise awareness of the school’s charity status.
Ford and Greg were so impressed they personally invited the trio to visit the set of the hit show during filming of the long-awaited new 7th series, which will air in the autumn this year.
Jamie said: “We wanted to raise awareness of the theatre school’s charity and scholarships. Meeting these amazing celebrities was a bonus.
“We got to see behind the scenes and visited the make-up and costume departments.”
Jamie, Jordan and Cheldon captured the TV show trio’s resemblances, mannerisms and voices so well that their wee Jack, wee Victor and wee Isa have been hailed online as “absolutely fantastic” and “brilliant”.
Ford said the three young performers ‘really look the part’ and added: “If they want to be actors, they’re going about it the right way. They certainly don’t need any tips on how to look like us.”
The original video the school recorded saw the youngsters embark on a Glasgow-wide hunt to track down the real-life stars, visiting TV studios, the SSE Hydro where the show enjoyed a massive sell-out 21-show run as well as local pubs. They also quiz a taxi driver as they turn detectives to find them.
UK Theatre School principal Lizanne Lambie Thomson said: “This was a really special experience for them and the BBC crew and cast made everyone feel so welcome.
“The children were being photographed and filmed right, left and centre – but they took it all in their stride.”