A SOUTH Tyneside actor is hoping to be a prize guy tonight.
Christopher John Slater is among those in the running for accolades at a Royal Television Society regional award ceremony at the Hilton hotel in Gateshead.
The 21-year-old is one of the stars of CBBC’s The Dumping Ground, one of the shows up for honours.
Christopher stars as Frank in the TV series, a spin-off of the shows The Story of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns.
It follows the lives of a group of children in care.
Christopher, a former pupil of bamburgh School in South Shields, has cerebral palsy, a movement disorder causing physical disability, but he hasn’t let that stop him pursuing a career on the small screen.
He joined the cast of Tracy Beaker Returns at the age of 16 after he was spotted by a BBC talent scout.
Christopher said: “I’m really excited for the awards, and I’m looking forward to seeing Connor Byrne again. He plays Mike in the show and he acts as dad for everyone in the cast.
“Sometimes being in the show is a challenge, but it’s a fun challenge.
“Everybody is very supportive, and I can always talk to them all. They all look after me.”
Christopher, formerly of South Shields but now living in wardley, gateshead, added: “I didn’t always want to be an actor and it was my oldest brother, David, who got into it first.
“It was when I did my audition for Tracy Beaker that I decided it was what I wanted to do.
“I’ll be getting dressed up in my best suit for the awards ceremony.
“Hopefully, I won’t stick out like a sore thumb. I’ll have to look posh so that I fit in, and I’m not posh at all.
“I think the awards will be really glamorous.”