Wendover's Matt starring in ITV's Britannia High

AN actor from Wendover has landed himself a leading role in an ITV musical drama - and a reunion with his childhood sweetheart.

Experienced theatre and television star, Matthew Thomas is playing 'Jez' in Britannia High which is set to hit TV screens across Britain soon.

His co-star in the show, Sapphire Elia - who plays the showbiz-loving Claudine - was his one time girlfriend when they were children.

Twenty year-old Matthew has a string of famous productions under his belt, ranging from West End musicals to BBC costume dramas and Shakespearean plays.

Matthew played Toby in Trevor's World of Sport alongside Neil Pearson; Schlomo in the musical Fame and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the Complete Works Theatre last year. In 2003, he stole the limelight as Prince Johnnie in Steven Poliakoff's BBC production The Lost Prince.

Matthew trained in the world of performing arts at a very young age, following his mother's footsteps by joining the Kercher School of Dance in Aylesbury from the age of four.

As a child, he was taught ballet, modern, tap and jazz dance, singing and acting at the school. He attended Wendover Middle School as a child and moved to Sylvia Young art school in London to pursue his acting career.

Britannia High is based around the lives of six young friends at a fictional British art performing school.

Arlene Phillips, perhaps best known as a judge on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, is the creative director of choreography for Britannia High.

A long list of other famous stars are also contributing to the musical production including Take That's key songwriter Gary Barlow.

Jez , the character played by Matthew, is described as the brains of the group. He is the most well-read of the gang and is an accomplished musician, being the best pianist in the fictional school and a talented singer. Although Jez's personality is nothing like the actor who is playing him, Matthew is a keen songwriter and musician himself.