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Former Upton High School student Tom Hughes to star in Versailles at the Donmar Warehouse

Tom Hughes (Gerald Chater) in rehearsal for Versailles at the Donmar Warehouse(Image: Manuel Harlan)

Chester actor Tom Hughes is the star of stage and screen this year as he lands roles in a West End play, a romantic film and a spy series for the BBC.

Hughes, a former pupil of Upton-by-Chester High School, is playing Gerald Chater in Peter Gill’s new Versailles, which opens at the Donmar Warehouse next Wednesday.

The 28-year-old will play alongside Francesca Annis in the piece about the legacy of the decisions made at the end of the First World War.

At the start of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, the play draws connections between this pivotal moment at the end of the conflict and today.

Hughes stars alongside his own real-life Valentine Ophelia Lovibond in Eight Minutes Idle , which opens in the UK tomorrow (Friday). Based upon Matt Thorne’s award-winning novel about life in a call centre, the film is a warped urban comedy about what it really means to put your life on hold.

Hughes will also be starring alongside veteran actor Brian Cox in a new BBC spy thriller later this year.

The former Cheshire Youth Theatre and Jigsaw Music Theatre student plays MI5 operative Joe Lambe in The Game , from Being Human creator Toby Whithouse.

He said: “Joe is the type of character that you come across very rarely – on the surface one person, but inside someone entirely different.

“He’s running away from himself. It is those parts that always attract me, the ones that don't just tick a box, they challenge.”

Hughes proved this playing the troubled Julian in BBC2 period drama Dancing on the Edge last year.

Named a BAFTA Brit to Watch in 2011 his film credits include Cemetery Junction, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, and About Time .

Versailles is at the Donmar Warehouse from February 20 to April 5.

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