Panto stars to decend on Derby Arena

Cbeebies’ Mr Bloom announced as first headliner in Derby panto this Christmas

BAFTA-nominated actor and writer Ben Faulks, known to most as Cbeebies’ Mr Bloom in the television show Mr Bloom’s Nursery, is set to star as Idle Jacques in this year’s spectacular all-star family panto Beauty and the Beast at Derby Arena. This year’s Derby LIVE panto is co-produced by Little Wolf Entertainment.

Another headliner is soon to be revealed, but Derby LIVE can also announce today that Ben will be joined by singer and actor Aston Dobson who will play the handsome but not too bright local heartthrob, Gaston in the production – returning by popular demand following his appearance as the Prince in last year’s panto Cinderella.

This year’s panto lead, Ben Faulks, trained at Bretton Hall School of Dance and Drama. Having graduated in Theatre Acting, he moved to Manchester to set out as an actor and writer. After establishing a street theatre company, Ben developed the characters and concept for Mr Bloom’s Nursery from an interactive piece he created called The Vegetable Nannies. He approached the BBC’s pre-school television channel CBeebies with his ideas from this show and in 2011 Mr Bloom’s Nursery was transmitted for the first time.

Both the series and Ben have received multiple BAFTA nominations as well as winning an RTS Award. In addition, the character of Mr Bloom has featured in many other BAFTA-award-winning CBeebies-related programmes.