South Witham man earns a part in 1920s TV drama

South Witham resident Keith Heppenstall as an extra in BBC 1's The Village. Photo: BBC

South Witham resident Keith Heppenstall as an extra in BBC 1's The Village. Photo: BBC

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A retired South Witham man has featured in the BBC series, The Village.

Keith Heppenstall, 74, appears in four episodes in the second series of this 1920s drama as a supporting artist.

He said: “It’s great fun. The director’s love my white beard, which is very white. They call me Uncle Albert, because of it.”

Mr Heppenstall, a Yorkshireman, has lived in South Witham for eight years. He said: “After my wife passed away in 1997, I went and lived in Spain for six years.

“When I came back I wanted to be closer to my son, who lives in Corby.”

The Village is not the only acting Mr Heppenstall has done. He has starred in short films, commercials for Flora and the Co-op and done voice-overs.

And recently, Mr Heppenstall said he has been to Warner Brothers studios and Shepperton Studios to film two movies.

He said he has now worked with Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Hugh Grant, Russell Crow and Helena Bonham Carter.