Wheathampstead actor, 11, shows that drama talent in “The Bodyguard” is not just a stunt

PUBLISHED: 16:55 25 November 2016

Ben Richards (Frank Farmer), left, with Wheathampstead boy Max Fincham, in the role of Fletcher in hit musical 'The Bodyguard', showing in the West End. Photo by Paul Coltas

Ben Richards (Frank Farmer), left, with Wheathampstead boy Max Fincham, in the role of Fletcher in hit musical 'The Bodyguard', showing in the West End. Photo by Paul Coltas

Photo by Paul Coltas

A few decades ago, actor Mark Fincham was putting his limbs on the line as a stuntman in movies including American Ninja 2: The Confrontation.

Mark Fincham, right, was a stuntman in movies including 'American Ninja 2: The Confrontation'Mark Fincham, right, was a stuntman in movies including 'American Ninja 2: The Confrontation'

Now, his 11 year old son is following in his footsteps – albeit in a gentler and safer way – in a hit musical being performed in London’s West End.

Wheathampstead boy Max Fincham is appearing in The Bodyguard at the Dominion theatre with Beverley Knight.

But if you want to see him in action you will need to be quick as the season ends on January 7 next year.

Beverley Knight, aka the ‘Queen of British Soul’, has been playing Oscar-nominated superstar Rachel Marron with Ben Richards as Frank Farmer, Marron’s bodyguard.

Mark Fincham in 'American Ninja 2: The Confrontation'Mark Fincham in 'American Ninja 2: The Confrontation'

Max has been alternating the role of Fletcher, Rachel Marron’s young son, with three other actors.

His father said: “He loves working with Beverley Knight.”

He said that Max was taken to his performances after school, and “the crew and cast are like a family.”

Max also performed all around the UK in The Bodyguard Tour 2015 with former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke.

He is currently acting four times a week and is on standby alternate weeks in the West End show.

Apparently the young villager ‘quickly’ picked up an American accent for his role.

Max, who has received rave reviews for his acting, singing and dancing, is a pupil at St George’s School and Stagecoach, which provides drama, dance and singing lessons in Harpenden.

He showed an interest in performing from an early age, and has previously been placed in a couple of small advertisements.

Acting appears to be in the blood, as his father appeared in movies as a stuntman, including as Peter Fonda’s stunt double in 1988 movie Mercenary Fighters.

However, Mark said, “I did suggest to Max that he didn’t do any stunts, and I’m happy for him not to do stuntwork.”

Mark praised Max’s mum, Lina, who, although not theatrical, has encouraged and supported “all of this and has been a huge factor in Max getting to the West End”.

The family moved to Wheathampstead about a decade ago for the “good schools in the district,” he added.

• www.thebodyguardmusical.com

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