DIARY: Howell Junior reveals competitive nature to win Man and Boy role

The phrase "like father, like son" doesn't ring any truer than with

Chime's chief executive, Rupert Howell, and his six-year-old boy.



Little Dominic Howell has been chosen from thousands of young hopefuls

to star as Pat in the BBC television production of Tony Parson's novel

Man and Boy, alongside the actor Ioan Gruffudd. "He was plucked from

obscurity," Howell senior says, positively bristling with pride.



Dominic sailed through the various screen-tests until he was down to the

last few, and then - surprise, surprise - a competitive streak

emerged.



"So now I've got to beat the others, then?" Howell Junior asked his

father, displaying the kind of skills adland has come to admire of the

Howell name. Where could such a trait come from, we wonder? "I've got no

idea at all," Howell responds, proudly calling his son "a very focused

little chap".



Yes, clearly young Dominic is a chip off the old block. And word has it

that he's professional to the last, being word-perfect with all his

lines at a dazzling read-through. Not bad for a beginner.



So what does young Dominic say about his budding TV career when he gets

home? "He doesn't talk about it much," Howell responds. Oh well, the

comparisons have to stop somewhere.



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