Jamie Foreman: Gangsters, Guns and Me
By: Jamie Foreman (author)Paperback
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Jamie Foreman is one of Britain's most iconic actors. He is also the son of Britain's most notorious gangster, Freddie Foreman. Jamie's life has been anything but ordinary. Right from the start, his world was one of contrast and contradiction: he grew up surrounded by London's criminal elite, living by their code of honor and respect, yet he himself was brought up to be a "straight goer." The backdrop of his home life was to differ greatly from his time at school as, at seven years old, Jamie found himself in the unlikely surroundings of a boarding school. The happiness of his family and school life was snatched from Jamie when his father was sentenced to ten years in prison for his involvement in the killing of Jack "The Hat" McVitie. The subsequent years saw Jamie without the father he adored and the whole family was put under enormous strain. At 14, Jamie decided that his passion was for acting and, having been encouraged by Barbara Windsor, he discovered yet another new environment at the Italia Conti Stage School. Jamie thrived in the acting world and was soon enjoying success on both stage and screen. By the time of his dad's release from prison, Jamie had carved a "straight" career for himself but after years apart, there was plenty of lost time to make up for. Soon, he was dividing his time between acting and assisting with Freddie's "business." Whether on the streets or on the stage, there was never a dull moment; Jamie was living life at 100 miles an hour and loving it. Before long, though, life took a surprising turn when a drug deal his father was heavily involved in went tragically wrong and he was forced to go on the run to America with his dad, which marked the start of a whole new adventure."
Jamie Foreman is a British film actor of note, with over thirty movies and countless TV and theatre performances to his name. His substantial CV includes Gary Oldman's film Nil By Mouth, Elizabeth, Gangster No 1, Layer Cake, Mike Hodges' I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, Inkheart and Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist, in which he played Bill Sykes. His television credits include Family, Family Business, Without Motive and 'guest' appearances in nearly every major TV series over the last thirty years. He started his career at the National Theatre under the directorship of Lord Olivier in the early Seventies and has worked in most London theatres.
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