LIFE on Mars actor Dean Andrews, who appears in new ITV1 drama Just Henry (Sunday, Dec 18, 2011, 7pm), now wants a musical role - fuelled by his emotional performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
Dean, aged 48, was asked to perform a solo at a fund-raising Christmas Carols with the Stars concert at the Albert Hall, alongside actors from Holby City, Emmerdale and Eastenders, in support of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
He sang When A Child Is Born, because it has a special emotional significance.
Dean revealed it was his dad Colin’s favourite Christmas song and his father - who was also a singer - passed away on Christmas Eve, aged just 66, eight-years ago. Mum Rossan, 63, died six months later.
“So to be standing there on the stage at the Albert Hall, singing my dad’s Christmas song was quite emotional.
“It wasn’t easy to get through if I’m honest,’’ said Dean, originally from Rotherham, who started out signing in clubs around South Yorkshire.
“Just walking into the Albert Hall takes your breath away, knowing it’s where all the icons like Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett have performed. But it went lovely. I tried to drink it all in, but it wasn’t easy, the grandness of it.”
The proud moment has driven his desire to pursue a musical stage role and he hopes to make that dream come true next year.
He begins filming a new drama series next month but fans will first see him acting opposite the great Sheila Hancock in Just Henry, on ITV1, tomorrow, at 7pm.
Written by Michelle Magorian, who wrote Goodnight Mister Tom, which starred Sheila’s late husband John Thaw, it’s a gripping family mystery thriller, set in post-World War 2 Britain.
Dean, now living in Barnsley, added: “It was a joy acting alongside Sheila Hancock. You learn so much from somebody of her ability.”